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Rio Olympics 2016: Ten suspects arrested for plotting terror plans

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.

Ten suspects arrested for plotting terror plans

Ten suspects arrested for plotting terror plans

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.

No specific targets were mentioned in the statement, but sources say that detailed investigations are on to prevent any further such incidences during the actual course of the games.
All the suspects are confirmed to be Brazilian nationals.
Besides the arrested 10 people, another two people have warrants out for their arrests. Authorities said they believe those suspects will be arrested soon.
Raffaello Pantucci, director of international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute, said there doesn’t appear to be evidence of a sophisticated plot.
Interim Brazilian President Michel Temer called an emergency cabinet meeting after the arrest. “This shows that Brazil is on its toes and monitoring any suspects that could become a threat,” Brazil’s presidential Chief of Staff Eliseu Padilha told reporters later in the day.

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.

Updated: July 23, 2016 — 12:39 pm

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