British oil worker shot dead in Rio

A British oil worker has been shot dead by two men in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, a Scottish newspaper reported on Saturday.

Peter Campsie, 48, from Montrose in Scotland, was killed in an attempted carjacking as he was returning home after a business meeting, the Aberdeen-based Press and Journal newspaper reported.

Mr Campsie, who worked as operations manager for Diamond Offshore Drilling International and hails, was shot twice as he attempted to leave his car, according to the newspaper.

Peter Campsie with family. Photo from Press and Journal website.

Killed in Rio: Peter Campsie with family. Photo from Press and Journal website.

The incident took place on Wednesday in the neighbouring city of Niterói, located across the Guanabara Bay from the city of Rio de Janeiro.

The carjackers reportedly fled the scene empty-handed.

The father-of-three lived in Macaé, a city to the northeast of Rio and centre of Brazil’s offshore oil industry, and had been in Brazil for 16 years.

A spokesperson for the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office said in a statement:

“We were made aware of the death of a British national in Brazil on 2 April. We stand ready to provide consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”

The news came as Brazil pours nearly 3,000 federal troops into the Maré favela complex in Rio’s North Zone, a strategically-important area bordering on major arterial routes, which is also located near the city’s main international airport.

Security forces are taking over the occupation of the area from military police following violent clashes with armed criminal gangs; they will expand the security operation there, which has already seen arrests and arms and drugs seized, before installing a permanent police station there.

The area, around 10 kilometres square, sits alongside vital city thoroughfares to the center, near to which the city’s Maracanã World Cup stadium is located, and to Barra da Tijuca, the main site for the 2016 Olympics.

Written for Anadolu Agency  |  SÃO PAULO   5 April 2014

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