Police: Two suspects held in possible Rio Olympics plot

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Brazilian ISIS Group Threatens Rio Olympics

SAO PAULO, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Police arrested two people on Thursday suspected of supporting Islamic State in planning a possible attack during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Police had arrested 12 people before Thursday's operation, all suspected of collaboration with Islamic State militants. Brazil's federal police said three others have been interrogated and later released. The two arrested on Thursday were Brazilians, but police did not provide names or other details.

Although Brazil has no history of conflict with known militant groups, the government has said the Games made the country a more likely target, particularly because of participation by countries fighting Islamic State.

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A person sits on an official media bus after a window shattered when driving accredited journalists to the Main Transport Mall from the Deodoro venue of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
People duck for cover in the aisle as a media bus is attacked travelling between venues in Rio de Janeiro, on the fourth day of the Rio Olympic Games, Brazil.
A broken window on an official media bus after it shattered when driving accredited journalists to the Main Transport Mall from the Deodoro venue of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A member of the media stands near a shattered window on a bus in the Deodoro area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. Two windows where shattered when rocks, or possibly gunfire, hit the bus carrying journalists at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. There were no injuries. (David Davies/PA via AP)
A journalist sits in a shuttle bus en route to the Whitewater Stadium, a venue for the canoe and kayak slalom events, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Damage to a media bus in the Deodoro area of Rio de Janeiro on the fourth day of the Rio Olympic Games, Brazil.
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Its militants control parts of Iraq and Syria and a U.S.-led coalition has conducted air strikes against them. The group has supporters worldwide who have carried out shootings and bombings of civilians.

(Reporting by Eduardo Simões and Marcelo Teixeira; editing by Grant McCool)

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