Three Swedish tourists were briefly held by gunmen after they stopped their taxi to take photos near a favela in the Lins area of Rio de Janeiro. The driver reported the incident to the police, who found that the group had been released. Please read this article.

From the Irish Independent

Three Swedish tourists abducted in Rio slum released unharmed

The tourists were traveling toward the city center Wednesday in an Uber car when one passenger asked the driver to pull over near the Lins complex of shantytowns, Rio’s police said in an statement.

An armed man quickly approached the car, told the passengers to get out, and the Uber driver fled the scene when he heard what he thought was a gunshot. The driver immediately went to the nearest police station to report the incident.

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