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Brazil arrests IS backers in Olympics safety swoop

DISORGANIZED:A group of ‘amateurs’ used social media and e-mails to discuss a potential Olympic Games attack, for which they started martial arts training just days ago

AP, RIO DE JANEIRO

Brazilians are allowed to possess small firearms, but must have a license and training to do so. Only members of the military may possess assault weapons like the AK-47, although those and other firearms are common in the country, especially in slums controlled by drug gangs.

Last week, the top military aide for Brazil’s interim government said concerns over terrorism had “reached a higher level” after the truck attack that killed 84 people in Nice, France.

Officials did not raise the country’s terror alert level on Thursday following the raids.

Security has emerged as the top concern during the Olympics, including violence possibly spilling over from Rio’s hundreds of slums.

Authorities have said 85,000 police officers and soldiers will be patrolling during the competitions.

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