Brazil Orders Arrests of Men Pledging Allegiance to ISIS

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Brazilian Public-Safety National Force (L) and military police soldiers guard an entrance at the security fence outside the 2016 Rio Olympics Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Federal police in Brazil have ordered the detention of 12 people who allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIS via social media.

Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes told journalists in Brasilia on Thursday that 10 had been arrested and two more were being sought.

Moraes says police acted because the group had been discussing the use of weapons and guerrilla tactics to potentially launch an attack during the Olympics, which begin Aug. 5.

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The arrests were made in the southern states of Sao Paulo and Parana. Moraes says there were no specific targets for attack.

Last week, Brazil’s interim government’s top military aide said the concerns with terrorism had “reached a higher level” after the attacks of six days ago in Nice, France.

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