Sunday 4 December 2016

Brazil police arrest 10 for 'planning Olympic terrorism' ahead of Rio games

Katie Forster

Published 21/07/2016 | 16:34

Justice minister Alexandre de Moraes speaks about the arrests of 10 people who allegedly discussed possible attacks during the Rio Olympics (AP)
Justice minister Alexandre de Moraes speaks about the arrests of 10 people who allegedly discussed possible attacks during the Rio Olympics (AP)

Police in Brazil have arrested at least 10 people alleged to be planning a large-scale terrorist attack at the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympic games.

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The group is not thought to be directly linked to the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), but is reported to have tried to make contact with the extremist organisation.

The Brazilian Justice Minister Alexandre Moraes has said all the suspects are from Brazil.

According to Associated Press, the detainees are suspected of pledging allegiance to ISIS through social media apps.

An emergency cabinet meeting has been called two weeks before the Olympic Games are set to begin on 5 August.

The arrests were made in the southern states of Sao Paulo and Parana.

Mr Moraes said there was no specific target for an attack.

Last week, a top military aide in Brazil said concerns about terrorism had "reached a higher level" after the Bastille Day attack in Nice.

Independent News Service

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