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Police sniper scare at Brazil World Cup opener

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, FIFA President Joseph Blatter and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff during the opening match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo during the World Cup on June 12, 2014A sniper requested permission to shoot an armed man whose presence near world leaders attending the World Cup’s June 12 opening game sparked a security scare, Brazilian officials said Friday. The man turned out to be a military police officer who had been sent to the restricted area at Sao Paulo’s Corinthians Arena unbeknownst to the civilian police, and no shot was fired, authorities said. President Dilma Rousseff and a dozen of world leaders were on hand for the opening ceremony and Brazil’s 3-1 victory over Croatia, along with more than 60,000 fans. “A civilian police sniper detected the presence of someone carrying a gun and wearing a bulletproof military police vest in a restricted area,” Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo told a press conference.

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