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'Rio 2016 Olympics not a terrorist target'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Jun 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Rio De Janeiro, June 2 : The Brazilian government has not detected any threat of terrorist activity in Rio de Janeiro — the venue for the 2016 Olympic games in August, a defence officer said.

Brazil’s armed forces and federal intelligence body Abin have been monitoring intertiol terrorist groups following recent attacks in Paris and Brussels, the official said on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

In April, Abin said it had identified an Islamic State (IS) terrorist who posted messages on social media alluding to the Olympic Games. Defence Minister Raul Jungmann said Brazil’s intelligence agencies were working alongside counterparts in the US, Britain, France, Israel and Russia. “Our intelligence organs have a contract with several countries. There has not been any threat on our radar,” Jungmann told reporters in Rio.

“It’s an area where you have to expect the unexpected, but until now we have had no alert or sign that a terrorist entity is focusing on Brazil,” Jungmann said. IANS

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