Sniper nearly shot policeman at World Cup game

Friday June 27th, 2014

Officials in Brazil say a police sniper came close to shooting an armed man as he approached Brazil president Dilma Rousseff and other officials as they watched the World Cup's opening game on June 12, reports the Associated Press.

According to a report by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, the sniper saw an armed man approaching Rousseff, FIFA president Sepp Blatter and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and requested permission to shoot him. That request was denied, and the armed person was later identified as a policeman who was investigating a suspected bomb threat.

More than 60,000 people watched Brazil's 3-1 victory over Croatia.

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Minutes later, an officer looking at images on the monitors inside the stadium's security room identified the man as a fellow police officer who later was said to be investigating a suspected bomb threat. The man quickly left the area, the newspaper said.

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