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Sun, Sep

Bullet fired into Rio press tent as Olympic Games chaos continues

The assault rifle bullet which pierced the tent at the Rio Olympics

Journalists dived for cover in the equestrian press office in Deodoro when a bullet pierced the large tent.

The bullet reportedly came with two metres of New Zealand team official who was left "visibly shaken". 

The bullet, identified locally as a 5.56mm assault rifle round, landed near the space set aside for press conferences.

The bullet is believed to have been fired from an assault rifle

Police also carried out a controlled explosion on a bag left in the street near to the elite cycling route also on Saturday amid more chaotic scenes in Brazil. 

A small hole could be seen in the roof of the tent where the bullet came through.

There are unconfirmed reports the bullet could have come from a military base located next to the equestrian centre in Deodoro in Rio.