Brazil police hold two terror suspects
Published : 12 Aug 2016, 20:32
Brazilian police said Thursday they took two people into custody on suspicion of terrorism offences as part of an operation to ensure security during the Olympic Games in Rio.
Five other people were detained pending charges and two were questioned before being released, the federal police said in a statement. All the suspects are Brazilian.
The arrests were part of Operation Hashtag, an investigation into
suspected extremists that netted 12 other arrests last month.
Brazilian media reported that Thursday's arrests took place in Sao Paulo.
News site G1 said the two people remanded in custody were part of a group along with the suspects caught last month.
They are suspected of defending the Islamic State extremist group, though officials said those arrested last month did not have direct links to the jihadists.
Those suspects are accused of plotting violence during the Games via
online messages, including on the popular smartphone application WhatsApp.
Authorities have deployed 85,000 officers to police the games which run until August 21.
- Most viewed
- Narayanganj 7-murder cases: High Court upholds death penalty for 15
- Indian court rules against instant divorce
- Weekend delight: Unwind with Minty Mushroom Croquettes
- Kill depression with small lifestyle changes
- Hamburgers may be more dangerous than you think
- Strawberry wine: Cheers to good health!
- 5 held for 'gang-raping' Pabna schoolgirls
- 2 schoolgirls 'gang-raped'
- Govt. to continue food assistance to flood-hit people: PM
- Priyanka Chopra told ‘not to return India’
- Case filed over Pallabi student rape
- 19 August Births
- 2 girls return after languishing in Indian jail
- Teacher arrested for ‘raping Pallabi schoolgirl’
- 19 August Events
- Easy ways to stop sneezing
- Prospect of progress must not be ruined: PM
- Primary school teacher ‘gang raped’ in classroom