Jul 21, 2016

    Brazil probes threats by 'local ISIS' group


    BRAZIL'S intelligence agency said on Tuesday it was investigating all threats to next month's Rio Olympics after a presumed Brazilian Islamist group pledged allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) less than three weeks before the Games.

    The SITE Intelligence Group that monitors the Internet reported that a group calling itself Ansar al-Khilafah Brazil said on the Telegram messaging app on Sunday that it had promoted ISIS propaganda in Arabic, English and Portuguese.

    Brazilian authorities stepped up security measures following the truck massacre in Nice last week, planning security cordons, further roadblocks and the frisking of visitors in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics.

    Police and soldiers took part over the weekend in drills near sports facilities and along transport routes.

    The Games start on Aug 5 and are expected to attract as many as 500,000 foreign visitors.

    Brazilian security officials said their biggest concern during the Olympics is not the threat of a coordinated attack by known militants but the possibility that a lone actor or group sympathetic to militant causes could seek to target the event.

    Brazil will deploy about 85,000 soldiers, police and other security personnel, more than twice the size of the security deployment during the London Olympics in 2012.