A Brazilian Islamist militant was plotting an attack against the French delegation at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the head of a French intelligence agency has said. The plans were revealed by General Christophe Gomart, head of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DRM), at a parliamentary commission in May investigating the November attacks in Paris which left 147 people dead.
General Christophe Gomart, who runs the military intelligence directorate (DRM), made the comment in May during a parliamentary commission hearing into Islamist militant attacks in France in 2015, according to a transcript of the hearing that has just been made public.
Gomart told lawmakers his service had been told by a “partner agency” about the plot. He did not give further details. The head of Brazil’s intelligence agency, Wilson Roberto Trezza, told reporters on Wednesday his agency had not been contacted by France or any other foreign country about the alleged plot.
Brazil’s institutional security cabinet, which co-ordinates the information services in the country, told AFP they had received no information from the French authorities.
“We were not the source of information and the Brazilian intelligence agency (ABIN) was not officially informed either of this matter,” a spokesman told.
In early July, the Brazilian Minister of Justice, Alexandre Moraes, said a jihadist attack in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics was a “possibility” but “not a probability”.
Some 85,000 members of the security forces — 47,000 policemen and 38,000 soldiers — will be mobilised to ensure the safety of 10,500 athletes, as well as officials, journalists and tourists from around the world, expected for the Games which run from August 5-21.