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Brazil reporter attacked by suspected gang members

November 10, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A journalist working for the news portal of Brazil’s largest television station has been beaten by suspected drug gang members who briefly kidnapped him while he was reporting in a rough area of northern Rio de Janeiro.

The G1 portal says its reporter Henrique Soares suffered light injuries to his arms and head after being taken by two armed men who suspected Soares was a police officer.

Police earlier Monday had carried out operations against area drug gangs.

G1 says Soares was assaulted when he was reporting a story about the lack of housing and subsequent invasions of abandoned areas in northern Rio de Janeiro.

The journalist was released about 40 minutes after being taken, when local residents convinced the suspected gang members that Soares was a reporter.

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