SAO PAULO: Police arrested two people on Thursday suspected of supporting ISIS in planning a possible attack during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Police had arrested 12 people before Thursday’s operation, all suspected of collaboration with ISIS terrorists. Brazil’s federal police said three others have been interrogated and later released. The two arrested on Thursday were Brazilians, but police did not provide names or other details.
Although Brazil has no history of conflict with known terrorist groups, the government has said the Games made the country a more likely target, particularly because of participation by countries fighting ISIS.
Its terrorists control parts of Iraq and Syria and a US-led coalition has conducted air strikes against them. The group has supporters worldwide who have carried out shootings and bombings of civilians.