Brazil police arrest last suspect

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July 26, 2016
@Normal:Brazil's Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):

Police arrested the last suspect wanted so far in a case of Brazilian sympathisers of the Islamic State who allegedly discussed attacking the Olympic Games next month in Rio de Janeiro.

The Federal police said in a statement late Sunday that the man was caught in the city of Comodoro, in the central west region of Brazil.

Authorities said he was taken to a federal prison but didn't reveal his name, citing security reasons. But family members confirmed the suspect was 32-year-old Leonid El Kadre de Melo, a mechanic from Mato Grosso state.

The anti-terror case was announced last Thursday when 10 Brazilians were arrested in different Brazilian states, increasing worries over security ahead of the August 5-21 Summer Games. Another man turned himself in last Friday.

Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said some of the men had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State without having any personal contact with members of the terrorist group abroad. The suspects didn't meet in person and communicated with each other via messaging apps WhatsApp and Telegram, he said.

The suspects are being held on two terrorism-related charges for at least 30 days.

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