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A female foreign tourist was kidnapped, raped and robbed on a minibus in Rio de Janeiro, police said, highlighting security concerns in the Brazilian city that will host matches in the 2014 World Cup and will put on the Summer Olympics two years later.

A male foreign tourist on the minibus was also held captive and robbed, according to Rio police.

Police said they would not release the identities or nationalities of the victims, but the U.S. Embassy said Monday that one of the two is an American citizen, and a U.S. State Department official on Monday said the woman raped was a U.S. citizen.

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The family of Australian man Warren Rodwell have spoken of their relief at hearing the 54 year old is free after being held captive by terrorists for more than 15 months in the Phillipines.

Islamic terrorist organisation Abu Sayyaf was demanding two million dollars for his release.

God has rewarded us and heard our prayers.

The Australian Government refused to pay the ransom, and his family, based in New South Wales and Western Australia, attempted to raise the money themselves.

Rodwell with US soldiers in a helicopter at the military base in Zamboanga City.Rodwell with authorities in a helicopter. Photo: Lindsay Murdoch

Filipino politicians helped negotiate the release, but it is unclear if any money was handed over.

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Mr Rodwell’s cousin Susan Lorainne-Ford says his release is a huge relief, and the family is keen to see Mr Rodwell come home.

She also said the Australian Government did help to negotiate, but they did not provide any financial assistance.

Warren Rodwell is escorted from a helicopter by US soldiers at a military base in Zamboanga City.Warren Rodwell is escorter from a helicopter.
Kidnappers believed to be from the Islamic Abu Sayyaf terrorist organisation released the former Australian army officer in Pagadian City, a regional centre on the south-west tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula, at 4.30am AEDT Friday.

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