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Portuguese minister mugged in Rio

Monday, Aug 8, 2016,12:41 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Rio De Janeiro | A foreign government minister has been mugged in an upscale Rio district, police in the Olympics host city said.

The minister, who was not identified, was attacked in Ipanema, the tourist division of the civil police said in a statement.

A 26-year-old man was arrested along the beach front and the victim’s belongings were returned to him, the statement said.

Globo news’ G1 site reported that Portuguese Education Minister Tiago Brandao Rodrigues was assaulted at knife point and forced to hand over his money and cellphone.

The Portuguese embassy in Brasilia did not respond immediately for comment.