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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Olympic organizers said Wednesday they remain determined to make Rio de Janeiro a safe place despite various incidents including an attack on an official media bus the previous day.

Organizers said that stones were thrown, and not firearms used, when the bus was hit on its way back from the Deodoro venue cluster to the main media centre of the Games in Barra.

Three people were lightly injured as two windows were smashed but it also appeared as if the driver did not act according to protocol and continued driving but rather stopped until police arrived.

"We don‘t regret saying that our mission is to make Rio the safest city in the world. If we drop ball we need to get our act n together and keep an eye on that mission of making Rio the safest city," organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said.

"We can guarantee the safety of journalists, athletes and tourists. It is our prime responsibility."

Various incidents have been reported during the Games but Rio 2016 security chief Luiz Fernando Correa said that some events are getting too much publicity while a certain crime rate was also normal for a big city.

"Generally speaking we do have incidents. We always have incidents, it is natural for a big city, a big metropolis," Correa said.

Correa said the authorities consider the incident an act of vandalism rather than a deliberate attack. He said that more patrols will be used in the area where Tuesday‘s incidents occurred.

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