Eight Brazilians suspected of plotting an Islamic State-inspired attack at the Rio Olympics were handed terrorism charges by a Brazil judge on Friday, according to Reuters. The group has been called “amateurs” by Brazilian officials but it’s believed their plans could have greatly disrupted the first Games ever held in South America.
Brazilian officials, acting on a tip from the FBI, tracked down and arrested the men in July, two weeks before the Olympics began. Six others have also been detained but not charged, Reuters reported.
The eight who have been arraigned face charges of promoting a terrorist organization and criminal association, while five of the suspects face charges of “inciting children and adolescents to commit crimes.” One has been charged with recruiting for a terrorist group.
“It wasn’t a professional terrorist organization. They were amateurs, but they could have endangered the Olympics and the nation,” Brazil justice minister Alexandre de Moraes said reporters.
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