Rio Olympics 2016: Ten suspects arrested for plotting terror plans: Brazilian police have arrested 10 people suspected of planning terrorist acts during next month’s Rio Olympics, a statement from the country’s Justice Ministry read on Thursday. The group is said to be allegedly inspired by ISIS and was organized online, Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said. “It was an absolutely amateur cell, with no preparation at all, a disorganized cell,” said Moraes, citing the group’s inability to manage any kind of two-way contact with Islamic State.
Group members had attempted to contact a weapons supplier in neighbouring Paraguay to get AK 47 assault rifles, but there was no evidence of any being bought.
This year Brazil passed more powerful anti-terror legislation, in getting beefed up to provide security for the over-budget and controversial Olympics is in question.More than 80,000 police and soldiers will patrol Rio streets for the games which end on 21 August.
The federal government said last week that it was releasing an extra $24m (£18m) to beef up security ahead of the Olympics.