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Armed Brazilian soldiers perform security sweep ahead of Rio Olympics

A youth rides his bike as soldiers stand

A youth rides his bike as soldiers stand guard in Maua square in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 9, 2016, as security is deployed to get to know the areas they'll be patrolling during the Olympics. Credit: AP / Leo Correa

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian soldiers were on the streets Saturday, checking out spots around the city that will get intense security when the Rio de Janeiro Olympics open in just under four weeks.

Armored vehicles and trucks carrying troops were accompanied by soldiers decked out in camouflage gear and matching helmets, with rifles slung over the shoulders. The soldiers covered the city from Copacabana Beach, to the central train station to the renovated port area.

The one-day show of force was intense, with the full security deployment expected to start later this month. The Olympics open Aug. 5.

The crime-plagued city of Rio de Janeiro will use about 85,000 soldiers and police to secure the games, about twice as many as London four years ago. — AP

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