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Brazil: 11 people charged for trying to set up Islamic State cell

WION Web Team
Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 17, 2018, 10:36 PM IST

A prison cell (representative image). Photograph:(Zee News Network)

As many as 11 people have been charged by Brazilian prosecutors for planning to establish an Islamic State cell in Brazil.

The accused have also been charged for trying to recruit jihadists to send to Syria, the federal prosecutor's office in the state of Goias said on Thursday.

According to reports, Federal police managed to track the alleged Islamic State militants through their social media messages.

Spanish police provided telephone numbers found on a Brazilian arrested in Spain for belonging to a jihadist group.

While two Brazilians are currently held in a maximum security prison, five others, who were arrested since October, were freed pending trial.

(With inputs from Reuters