30 Jul '16, 4am

Are the Rio Olympics safe from a terrorist attack? - News & Observer

Heavily armed soldiers conduct foot patrols in the international airport terminal, turning travelers’ heads. They stand guard outside luxury hotels. Naval warships glide the length of Copacabana beach around the clock. Just a month ago, this all might have been reassuring. But that was before a spate of unconventional “lone wolf” terror attacks in Europe. Now Rio de Janiero, the host city for the Summer Olympic Games that begin next Friday, is on edge. “The biggest worry is these lone wolves . . . who by nature are not being followed,” said Paulo Velasco, a security expert in Rio de Janeiro for the Getulio Vargas Foundation, a business and politics think tank. On July 21, Brazil detained almost a dozen young men around the country, who were alleged to be Islamic State sympathizers in the early stages of planning an attack. On Thursday, the lawyer for another man, Chaer Kal...

Full article: http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/olympics/article925947...

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