“Amateur” Terror Group Thwarted by Brazilian Authorities

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Authorities are downplaying the arrest of 10 loosely associated men suspected of plotting terrorism during the Olympics next month. Justice Minister Alexandre Moraes called the group “absolutely amateur” connected only virtually via an online group. Each member had accessed web sites supporting Islamic State, prompting Brazilian law enforcement to begin monitoring them.

Brazil arrested 10 people on Thursday suspected of belonging to a poorly organized group supporting Islamic State (IS) and discussing acts of terrorism during next month’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro…

The group… were all Brazilian citizens and in contact via internet messaging groups such as WhatsApp and Telegram. They did not know each other personally…

The Olympics begin on August 3 in Rio de Janeiro.

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