Brazil bus hijacker shot dead by police, hostages released
Updated 21:03, 20-Aug-2019

A gunman was shot dead by police who held 31 people hostage on a bus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, local media reported.

All the passengers have been safely released.

The hours-long hijacking happened around 6:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday, when the bus was commandeered by the gunman on a  bridge connecting Rio with the neighboring city of Niteroi.

There is currently no word on the purpose of the incident.