Brazil’s federal police on Thursday arrested members of a group that was preparing “acts of terrorism,” a justice ministry source told Reuters, just over two weeks before the Olympics start in Rio de Janeiro.
News site Globonews reported that the members of the group were linked to Islamic State (IS). It was not possible to immediately confirm this.
It was unclear where the operation was taking place or what the specifics of the operation were. Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes was due to hold a news conference on the operation.
Brazil’s intelligence agency said on Tuesday it was investigating all threats to the Rio Olympics, which start on Aug. 5, after a presumed Brazilian Islamist group pledged allegiance to IS.