Brazilian police thwart possible ISIS attack during Olympics

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 00:00

Brazilian police have arrested 10 people accused of pledging allegiance to the Islamic State terror group who are believed to have been planning an attack on Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics.

The operation on Thursday morning, 15 days before the opening ceremony, was announced by the justice minister, Alexandre Moraes, at a press conference in Brasilia.

Moraes said that no specific target had been chosen for an attack.

The federal police issued warrants for the arrest of 10 people in nine Brazilian states who are accused of preparing an act of terrorism. Police are also searching for two other suspects, Moraes said.

All of the suspects are Brazilian citizens, authorities said.