Rio Olympics 2016: Equestrian bullet was fired at police blimp

A member of the Brazilian National Force holds a bullet inside the media centre at the Olympic Equestrian Centre after it went through the wall of the media centre. Photo / Getty Images
A member of the Brazilian National Force holds a bullet inside the media centre at the Olympic Equestrian Centre after it went through the wall of the media centre. Photo / Getty Images

Officials say the bullet that flew through the roof of a media tent at the Olympic Equestrian Center came from a nearby slum and was aimed at a police blimp.

A bullet pierced the roof of the tent on Saturday and landed on the floor. The competition was not disrupted and nobody was hurt.Organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said Sunday that the bullet "came from a community far from here, they were aiming at the police blimp which carried cameras."

Security has been increased nearby and from the areas where officials say the bullet originated.

Andrada said the Minister of Defense confirmed the Rio Games were "never the target."

- AP

- NZ Herald

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