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Military Counter-Terrorism Specialists Deployed for Confederations Cup in Brazil

By Dialogo
April 25, 2013

On April 22 the Brazilian Army reported that 1,200 military specialists will be deployed in the fight against terrorism and chemical weapons, to guarantee the security of the 2013 Confederations Cup, which starts on June 15.

“A coordination center, to prevent and counter terrorism was created in Brasília, as well as an integrated center for tactical coordination in each one of the six cities where the Confederations Cup will be held,” from June 15 to 30, the Army told AFP in a statement.

The Soldiers were trained to identify, contain, and prevent possible attacks with chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological weapons.

“This week, military groups will visit the cities where the Confederations Cup will be played for an initial reconnaissance,” Colonel Richard Fernandez Nunes, a spokesman for the institution quoted by Globo G1 website, stated.

“They will meet with those responsible for the security and safety in the host cities of Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador and Brasília, in order to identify vulnerable places and act accordingly to prevent any incident. Reports will provide important information about how to work with the local police,” he said.

According to the Army, the creation of this center to prevent terrorism is necessary “due to the current international terrorism threats.”

Although Brazil is not a target of terrorist actions, the injuries and deaths at the recent Boston Marathon attacks in Massachusetts has alarmed the Brazilian authorities.

“In Brazil major events were organized in only one city so far, and this time the Confederations Cup will be held in six cities; it will be a test for the World Cup, which will have matches played in 12 cities,” Colonel Nunes, quoted by G1, stated.

He added that the worst case scenario of a terrorist attack, in his opinion, would be a chemical, biological or nuclear weapons attack.

“The risk exists when threat and vulnerability are present. We are going to avoid threats and reduce vulnerability. We are prepared,” he stated.