Family car with three children inside is fired on west of Rio after apparently misunderstanding drug gangs orders

A British woman has been shot at a holiday hotspot near Rio after her family mistakenly drove into a favela, Brazilian media have reported.

The woman was hit twice in the abdomen, newspaper O Globo said, when the car she was in with her husband and three children was fired upon. The rest of the family were unhurt in Sundays incident.

The oldest of the three children in car was four years old, Rio newspaper O Dia reported.

Civil police said the family were travelling in Angra dos Reis a popular coastal holiday destination about 150km (90 miles) west of Rio on the Costa Verde when they were attacked. Authorities said a group approached the car and apparently told the family to get out before opening fire.

Local police chief Bruno Gilaberte told O Globo the family were trying to buy water when they were told to drive towards the the gua Santa or holy water community. This whole confusion seems to have happened partly because of the language barrier, he said. They ended up driving towards the gua Santa community where they were challenged by criminals. Because they didnt understand the order they received to leave the area, they just carried on and were shot at.

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