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Brazil steps up security in Rio in the wake of Nice attack

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<p>Security has been heightened in the Brazilian capital Rio de Janeiro ahead of the upcoming Olympic Games.</p> <p>Hundreds of security officials arrived in the city on Friday and they are on high alert following the recent terror attack in Nice, France that left scores of people dead.</p> <p>“Anyone going to watch the Olympic Games will have to pass through a barrier in which they have to identify themselves, and their details will be compared with a bank of details provided by the United States, France and what we have here,” said the Brazilian defence minister, Raul Jungmann.</p> <p>According to reports, the arrivals in Rio had long been planned as part of a 85,000 person operation for the games.</p> <p>Brazilian security agents have been engaged in international training exercises led by US and French anti-terrorism units, as the country prepares to host about 300,000 people during the games scheduled to begin on August 5.</p> <p>Authorities in Brazil will also work hand in hand with a network of international intelligence services to screen visitors and spectators.</p> <p>A command and control centre where the city will be monitored has also been set up in the country’s military headquarters in downtown Rio.</p> <p><strong><em>Reuters</em></strong></p>

Anyone going to watch the Olympic Games will have to pass through a barrier in which they have to identify themselves, and their details will be compared with a bank of details provided by the United States, France and what we have here

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