Brazilian police arrest 10 in possible ISIS-related Rio Olympics attack plot

Brazilian police arrest 10 in possible ISIS-related Rio Olympics attack plot
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Brazilian police are detaining 12 people who allegedly swore allegiance to ISIS via social media and discussed possible attacks during the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics, according to the Associated Press via Fox News.

Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said in the capital, Brasilia, that 10 suspects had been arrested and two more were being sought. All 12 are Brazilian and one is a minor. The gender of the people was not given.

Police acted because the group discussed the use of weapons and guerrilla tactics to potentially launch an attack during the Olympics, which begin Aug. 5, Moraes said.

“They were complete amateurs and ill-prepared” to actually launch at attack, Moraes said. “A few days ago they said they should start practicing martial arts, for example.”

Still, Moraes said even disorganized groups should be taken seriously.

The arrests were made in 10 different states, including Sao Paulo and Parana. Moraes said there were no specific targets for an attack.

Last week the top military aide for Brazil’s interim government said concerns over terrorism had “reached a higher level” after the attack in Nice, France.

This is a developing story. New information will be provided as updates become available.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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