Gunmen have attacked a convoy of vehicles wearing uranium gasoline to a nuclear energy plant close to the Brazilian town of Rio de Janeiro, police say.
The convoy got here underneath assault because it drove previous a neighborhood managed by way of drug traffickers in Angra dos Reis, a vacationer town 145km (90 miles) from Rio.
Police escorting the convoy replied and a shootout adopted. No-one was once injured or detained.
The convoy reached the Angra 2 plant safely 20 mins after the assault.
The assault within the Rio-Santos freeway is the newest in a chain of violent incidents in a space well-liked by guests.
In 2017, a British girl was once shot and wounded after her circle of relatives’s automobile drove by way of mistake right into a neighborhood run by way of gangs.
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The convoy was once wearing uranium gasoline fabricated in Resende, in Rio de Janeiro state, to provide Angra 2, one of the vital two nuclear energy vegetation in Angra dos Reis, which started operations in 2001.
The gunmen focused the law enforcement officials that have been a part of the convoy because it handed the Frade neighborhood at round 12:00 native time on Tuesday (15:00 GMT), Brazil’s federal freeway police mentioned in a remark.
“Unfortunately, assaults by way of criminals have change into widespread in that space… Any such stunning area, with nice vacationer call for has change into a deadly position,” spokesman José Hélio Macedo was once quoted by way of O Globo newspaper as pronouncing.
The uranium was once being transported in armoured packing containers in a “herbal state” and do not have presented any chance because it had the similar degree of radioactivity as when it’s present in nature, Brazil’s nuclear company Eletronuclear mentioned.
The company, alternatively, mentioned the convoy “had now not been attacked by way of bandits” without delay – it was once passing within the space these days a shootout was once taking place.
Some bandits scared by way of the heavy police presence shot at a police automobile within the convoy, it added in a remark.
Violence has larger in Angra dos Reis in recent times and closely armed criminals at the moment are found in once-peaceful communities, correspondents say.
Experiences say the shootout in Frade was once a results of preventing between rival gangs.
Angra dos Reis Mayor Fernando Jordão steered the state’s executive to beef up safety within the area. “Now we have nuclear vegetation right here. It is a delicate space.”