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Belgian professor shot dead in Rio de Janeiro

Local media outlets are reporting that a Belgian academic was shot dead in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The victim is believed to be Dominique Boxus, a 56-year-old man who taught literature at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF), located in Niteroi, in the State of Rio.

According to witnesses, he was hit by a stray bullet. A friend, who was out with him that night, told O Dia newspaper that they had heard gunshots fired in the street and sought refuge inside a café. But, despite this precaution, his Belgian friend was hit in the chest.

According to information relayed by local media, the shots were fired from a car and aimed at a passerby, who had attacked another person with a knife, earlier on. The alleged attacker was shot at, injured and taken to hospital.

Dominique Boxus was also taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he passed away.  

(Source: Belga)