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Brazil, ICE HSI investigation prevents a neo-Nazi group’s planned mass casualty attack on New Year’s

WASHINGTON – Investigative efforts by Brazilian authorities and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) resulted in the arrest of four individuals involved in online threats, hate crimes, and the planning of mass casualty events.

On Dec. 16, state police and prosecutors’ offices across seven Brazilian states executed 31 search warrants and four arrests based on investigative leads provided by HSI to the Brazilian Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP). While executing the search warrants, Brazil police found homemade explosives, weapons, Nazi paraphernalia, and detailed plans of future attacks. One of the perpetrators later stated that he was planning to use these explosives during a New Year’s celebration in the state of São Paulo.

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