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Brazil: Security measures heightened before Olympic Games officially kick off01:28

Brazil: Security measures heightened before Olympic Games officially kick off

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
August 5, 2016 at 12:44 GMT -00:00 · Published

A high number of military officers were deployed to secure the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, ahead of the official start of the first Olympic Games to take place in South America.

Armed military police patrolled the Maracana station and the streets around the stadium were cut off. Authorities reportedly fear terrorist threats after police detained 12 suspects in late July, that allegedly supported the so-called Islamic State.

The opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will take place at the Maracana Stadium on Friday, August 6, starting at 20:00 local time (23:00 GMT).

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A high number of military officers were deployed to secure the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, ahead of the official start of the first Olympic Games to take place in South America.

Armed military police patrolled the Maracana station and the streets around the stadium were cut off. Authorities reportedly fear terrorist threats after police detained 12 suspects in late July, that allegedly supported the so-called Islamic State.

The opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will take place at the Maracana Stadium on Friday, August 6, starting at 20:00 local time (23:00 GMT).

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