Al-Qaeda sympathizers on social media have issued a list of directives calling for their followers to target American, British, French and Israeli athletes during the upcoming Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, according to the news outlet The Foreign Desk.
“One small knife attack against Americans/Israelis in these places will have bigger media effect than any other attacks anywhere else inshaallah,” one of the directives read.
“Your chance to take part in the global Jihad is here! Your chance to be a martyr is here!” the al-Qaeda sympathizers said, citing the easy process of obtaining visas for travel to Brazil as well as the wide availability of guns in “crime-ridden slums.”
The list went further to specify why they should target Israelis.
“From amongst the worst enemies, the most famous enemies for general Muslims is to attack Israelis. As general Muslims all agree to it and it causes more popularity for the Mujahideen amongst the Muslims.”
Meanwhile, Brazilian police on Thursday arrested 10 people suspected of supporting the Islamic State and planning terror attacks during the Rio Olympics.
“Those involved participated in an online group denominated ‘the defenders of Sharia’ and were planning to acquire weapons to commit crimes in Brazil and even overseas,” Brazil’s Justice Minister Alexandre Moraes said at a news conference on the arrests.