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British mum shot in front her young children after taking wrong turn into slum

A family of British tourists who made a wrong turn outside Rio de Janeiro have been shot at leaving a woman wounded.

Brazilian police said a couple and their children, all under the age of four, were travelling in Angra dos Reis, a popular coastal holiday destination about 90 miles from Rio.

Authorities said a group approached the car and apparently told the family to get out and then opened fire, according to the Associated Press.

A police statement said the woman, identified locally as Eloise Dixon, 46, 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.’

British family shot after taking wrong turn into Brazilian slum
They were on holiday in Angra Dos Reis, Brazil, 100 miles outside Rio de Janeiro (Picture: Getty)
British family shot after taking wrong turn into Brazilian slum
They are believed to have ended up in the slum after taking a wrong turn because of a mix-up with translation (Picture: Getty)

Mrs Dixon was taken to Japuiba Hospital where she is said to be in a stable condition.

It is believed that the family had been trying to find somewhere to buy water when they made the wrong turn.

Police chief Bruno Gilaberte said they ended up in a slum called Agua Santa – Holy Water in Portuguese.

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