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2014 World Cup - bracing for attacks

2011-11-17 22:39

Sao Paulo - Sao Paulo police are concerned about possible terrorist attacks during the 2014 World Cup and are bracing for a high risk scenario, the local federal police chief said in an interview published on Thursday.

"We are in charge of the security of foreign officials. There is great concern about terrorist attacks. We are taking very strong preventive measures," Roberto Troncon told the daily Folha de Sao Paulo.

The federal police chief in Sao Paulo, one of 12 Brazilian cities that will host the World Cup, said terrorists might take advantage of the tournament to attack foreign delegations rather than Brazilian targets.

"We want to prepare for a scenario where the risk is rather high," he added.

Troncon said preventive measures include migration control.

Brazil is also to host the Confederations Cup in 2013 and the summer Olympics in 2016.

Brazilian authorities are racing to build or renovate stadiums, improve transportation and modernise airports to welcome thousands of tourists in the cities where World Cup games will be played.