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3 doctors dead, another shot in Rio de Janeiro in an attack suspected to have been politically motivated

Four doctors were shot — three of them fatally — beside a beach in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro in the early hours of Thursday in what may have been a politically motivated execution.

Security camera footage obtained by local newspaper O Globo showed a group of black-clad gunmen emerging from a car and running up to the victims’ beachside table in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood and opening fire.

The men were in town from Sao Paulo for an international orthopedics conference and the dead men included the brother of federal lawmaker Sâmia Bomfim. The fourth doctor was wounded and brought to a hospital, according to a statement from Rio state’s civil police, adding that its homicide department is investigating who was responsible for the attack and its motive.


“We thought it was a calm area, and now with what happened we’re going to need to have more precaution, more care,” Dimarco, 51, said in a short interview beside the crime scene.

The outdoor eatery where the men were killed is across the street from their hotel. They had paid their bill and were preparing to leave before the gunmen arrived, O Globo reported the business owner as saying.

On X, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva expressed “great sadness and indignation at the news of the execution.”


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