Terrorism top concern at Rio Olympics

Officials have revealed the risk of a terrorist attack is the main security fear ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“Terrorism is the number one worry,” Jose Mariano Beltrame, the security chief for the state of Rio de Janeiro, told a news conference.

“Brazil does not have a history of terrorism, but always works with this priority.”


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Brazil has never been targeted by Islamic groups but with a significant amount of high-profile world leaders likely to head to the event, the country could be caught in the cross-hairs.

Beltrame said “we receive bulletins on possible threats … but we have the means to boost our forces where necessary.”

“We are ready. Every institution knows what to do. We want a gold medal in security.”

A massive number of security personnel will be deployed for the games: between 60-65,000 police officers and soldiers, and another 15,000 in reserve.

It is double the amount of security used at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

With last Friday’s deadly attack in Paris fresh in their minds, French police have begun training their elite Brazilian counterparts in crowd control.

Dozens of Brazilian officers in Rio with state-of-the-art anti-riot gear, including fire-proof balaclavas, gas masks, stun grenades and tear gas, showed off their techniques for subduing violent mobs.

The Olympics begin in Rio on August 5.

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