Days ago, the Brazilian Islamist group Ansar al-Khilafah pledged allegiance to ISIS.
Admittedly I had never heard of the group before, and it appears that neither did most of the rest of the world. South America has remained almost completely unscathed by Islamist attacks, suffering only two suicide bombings in Argentina.
Indeed, this group appears to unsophisticated that they couldn’t even pledge allegiance to ISIS without getting caught, revealing a terror plot in the process. The Federalist Papers reports:
Brazilian police have arrested 10 people suspected of planning terrorist acts during the Olympics, Brazil’s Justice Ministry said Thursday.
The group was inspired by ISIS and only had contact with the group online, Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said.
He said no specific targets were mentioned, but the Justice Ministry is still investigating the suspects’ computers and cell phones to learn more about the plans. De Moraes said the suspects are all Brazilian nationals, and that one minor was mentioned in the conversations.
De Moraes said the group was “not an organized cell.”
Another two suspects have warrants out for their arrests. Authorities said they believe those two people will be arrested soon.
This week, Brazil’s intelligence agency said it was reviewing all threats against the Rio 2016 Games after a jihadi messaging channel called for its followers to target the Olympics.
According to one source, in the channel one of the terrorists expressed interest in the members “learning martial arts.” On that note, I think “unsophisticated” may have been an understatement in describing their operations…