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Police: US Diplomat Shot in Foot Outside Rio de Janeiro

FILE - The U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

An American diplomat was shot in the foot during an attempted robbery while traveling outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian police said Friday.

Stephanie Bohlen, a vice consul, and a man identified as her partner were attacked while driving Thursday night on a coastal road in Angra dos Reis, federal highway police said. The man was not hit.

Bohlen was taken to a nearby hospital and then transferred to a hospital in Rio for surgery, according to civil police.

The U.S. Consulate in Rio confirmed in a statement that a consulate official had suffered injuries that were not life-threatening "in an incident involving gunfire." It provided no details.

Earlier this year, a British tourist was shot and wounded in Angra dos Reis, when she strayed into a rough neighborhood. The popular vacation destination is about 90 miles [150 kilometers] from Rio.