The Islamic State issued this call in September 2014:
So O muwahhid, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons, and troops of the tawaghit. Strike their police, security, and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents. Destroy their beds. Embitter their lives for them and busy them with themselves. If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be….If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him….
“France ‘informed of planned terror attack on Rio Olympic team,'” by Donna Bowater, Telegraph, July 14, 2016:
A terrorist attack targeting the French delegation at the Rio 2016 Olympics has been foiled by security services, it has emerged.
The head of French military intelligence said “partner agencies” had issued an alert about the alleged plot by a Brazilian Islamist militant, according to a report into the Paris terror attacks in January and November, which killed 147.
No other details about the plans were released and the information was not shared with Brazil’s intelligence agency Abin.
A spokesman for Brazil’s institutional security cabinet, which oversees the country’s information services, told AFP: “We were not the source of information and the Brazilian intelligence agency (Abin) was not officially informed either of this matter.”
The French inquiry report was published as security services in Rio de Janeiro prepared to stage a simulated attack this weekend to test counter-terrorism response plans.
Some 500 officers, troops and first responders will be involved in the exercise at Deodoro station near one of the venue clusters in the north of the city on Saturday.
Earlier this month, Alexandre Moraes, justice minister, said a terror attack during the Olympics was a “possibility” but not a “probability”.
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This week, a man from Pakistan was arrested on suspicion of planning an attack on an airport in the capital, Brasília, but he was realised after federal police officers found no evidence of a plot.
According to reports, he had been reported by his Brazilian wife in what appeared to be a domestic dispute.
In the meantime, Brazil’s ministry of defence confirmed it was boosting military presence in the host city at the request of acting governor Francisco Dornelles.
The number of troops deployed in Rio for the Games rose from 18,000 to 21,000, reaching a total of 41,000 including those in the five football host cities.
The total number of security personnel including police will be more than 85,000 – more than double the number for London 2012….