As if the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio didn’t have enough to worry about. Along with pollution and Zika, the Brazilian event now has to deal with terrorism, as police have arrested 10 members of ISIS who were planning an attack!
Are the Rio Olympics ever going to catch a break? They seem to be catching everything else — Zika, pollution-based-diseases and now, terrorists! The Brazilian authorities arrested 10 people on July 21, according to the New York Post, after they pledged their allegiance to ISIS on social media. While social media snafus are not a criminal offense in Brazil, these ISIS members reportedly discussed conducting a possible attack during the Olympic games!
Alexandre de Morales, the country’s Justice Minister, said that along the 10 members taken into custody, two more are wanted by the police. The arrests were made in 10 different states, including Sao Paulo and Parana, and all the suspects are Brazilian. It’s not clear whether or not these alleged Islamic State members knew each other beyond their online contacts.
The suspects were “baptized” as ISIS sympathizers online, according to the New York Post, but they weren’t the terrorist organization’s deadliest fighters. “They were complete amateurs and ill-prepared,” the Justice Minister said. “A few days ago, they said they should start practicing martial arts, for instance.”
Still, any threat is still a threat, and after seeing how a single man carried out an attack in Nice, France that killed 85 people, Brazil wasn’t taking any chances. The moment one of the suspects reportedly contacted a Brazilian store about purchasing an AK-47 assault rifle, the police leapt into action.
Security will be a top priority for the Olympics games’ organizers, as 85,000 police and soldiers will patrol Rio during the event. Not only will they keep an eye out for any possible terrorism attacks, the authorities hope to contain any violence from Rio’s hundreds of slums from spilling over.
What do you think about this possible ISIS Olympics attack, HollywoodLifers? At this point, do you think ANYONE will go down to Rio for the games?