Two people suspected of links to the radical Islamic group Hezbollah in Brazil were arrested by the Federal Police (PF) this Wednesday (8).
A CNN Here are some points to understand the operation.
Video: Brazilians linked to Hezbollah were preparing attacks in Brazil, says PF
What is Hezbollah?
Hezbollah is an Islamic fundamentalist (Shia) political and paramilitary organization with one of the most powerful paramilitary forces in the Middle East.
The group has its main base on the border between Lebanon and Israel and could become an unpredictable threat during Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Since the start of the conflict, Israel and Hezbollah have exchanged smaller attacks.
The group’s advanced weaponry and support from Iran makes Hezbollah a greater threat than other radical groups such as Hamas.
In which states did the arrests take place?
In Minas Gerais, seven search and seizure warrants were executed; in the Federal District, three; and, in São Paulo, one for search and two for temporary arrest.
One of the prisoners from São Paulo was detained upon disembarking from a trip to Lebanon. The PF believes that he arrived with information to pass on to his partner and carry out the attacks.
What did the suspects plan to do?
According to the investigation, the suspects were preparing acts of terrorism in the country, focusing on attacks on Jewish community buildings.
What is the objective of the operation?
The Federal Police explained that the objective of this operation, called “Trapiche”, is also to obtain evidence of possible recruitment of Brazilians to carry out extremist acts.
For what crimes can those investigated be held accountable?
Source: CNN Brasil
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