Yesterday, Brazilian authorities arrested 10 people for planning to commit acts of terrorism at the Río Olympic Games and are still looking for two more suspects. However, Brazilian officials are expressing little concern over terrorism at the upcoming games.
The group called itself the “Defenders of Sharia” and was made up of 12 Brazilian citizens who reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and had been in contact with each other through WhatsApp and Telegram. However, they were not members of the so-called Islamic State.
Despite their very real attempts to assemble, the group is being described as quite the rag tag bunch due to their poor planning.
Brazilian Minister of Justice Alexandre de Moraes explained that the group’s plans seemed to have been in their early stages as only four of the members knew each other personally and they had just recently decided to start training in martial arts and shooting.
What may have been their biggest tell was one member’s attempt to purchase an AK-47 in Paraguay, which according to Moraes was a very “amateur” move.
Although this threat of terrorism seems to have had little chance for success, Judge da Silva said, “the arrests are warranted from a legal point of view,” even though, “it’s hard to call them terrorists.”
Moraes expressed little concern over terrorism at the Olympics at a press conference on Thursday morning and said that, “The biggest concern is still crime.”