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Mum-of-three shot at in Brazil while ‘looking for water’

PUBLISHED: 15:21 07 August 2017

View of small beach in Angra dos Reis, Brazil

View of small beach in Angra dos Reis, Brazil

Cristhian Brezolin

The injured victim has been named locally as Eloise Dixon from Gravesend

A Kent mum-of-three has been wounded after being shot at while “looking for water” on holiday in Brazil, police say.

Local media named the injured victim as Eloise Dixon, from Gravesend, and said she had been with her partner and their children at the time.

The family were travelling in Angra dos Reis, a popular coastal holiday destination about 90 miles from Rio de Janeiro, police said.

A language mix-up saw them directed to the Agua Santa neighbourhood, which translates to Holy Water, local press said.

Authorities said a group approached the car at a favela and apparently told the family to get out and then opened fire.

A police statement said the woman was hit in the abdomen and was being treated in hospital.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are in touch with the local authorities in Angra dos Reis, Brazil, following reports of the shooting of a British national.”

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