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2019-08-21 11:21:14

The hostage taker, who identified himself as a military policeman, was armed and threatened to set the bus on fire with gasoline at around 6 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET), military police said.

According to the state news agency Agencia Brasil, he hijacked the vehicle on the Rio-Niterói bridge. The crossing, which is about nine miles long, connects the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Niterói.

The hostage situation on the Rio-Niteroi bridge has come to a close, a statement from military police read. The hostage taker was neutralized by a sniper from the elite squad and all the hostages were freed.

Police added that all hostages were unharmed.

The armed man earlier freed six hostages, CNN affiliate Record TV reported.

cnn.com Flora Charner And Claudia Dominguez, Cnn
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