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    Man With Knife Takes People Hostage in Centre of Rio - Reports

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    The man was identified as a resident of the neighbouring building who works as a street vendor. Later, three hostages were released.

    A man armed with a knife took five people hostage at a bar on Rua do Rezende in Lapa, Central Rio, according to the local newspaper O Dia. All the hostages have been released now.

    A spokesman for the police, Captain Wellington Moreira, confirmed that initially, six people were being held hostage.

    At 3:34 pm, the first hostage, identified only as Sergio, was released. Another hostage was identified as a woman named Lucia, the owner of the bar.

    The military and special police forces continue to negotiate with the man in a bid to release the other hostages.

    The suspect has reportedly had a quarrel with the bar's owner.

    The street is being blocked at the moment.

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