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Federal Police seach for funders of attempted terrorist attacks

Brasilia, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The Federal Police (PF) of Brazil is carrying out an operation to investigate two cases of trespassing restricted areas of the capital's international airport and the possible connection with a bomb attack thwarted last December.

Codenamed Denied Boarding, the action is looking for possible funders of these acts of penetration and consists of six arrest warrants in the Federal District (DF), in Marabá, a municipality in the northern state of Pará; and in the Agua Buena district, in the Mato Grosso territorial division (center-west).

The first trespassing occurred on December 2, when a group broke into the restricted area to protest against the victory of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the second round of last October’s elections.

The demonstrators occupied one of the domestic boarding rooms and identified themselves as indigenous, members of the Xavante people, from Mato Grosso; and Kaiapó, from southern Pará.

The PF reported that a second trespassing would have occurred the following week, on December 8, and two weeks after the illegal entries, the Military and Civil police in the Federal District found a tanker truck with a bomb installed near the site.

Businessman George Washington de Oliveira Sousa was arrested red-handed and confessed to owning the explosive.

Washington de Oliveira Sousa, who is serving nine years and four months in prison, tried to detonate a tanker truck on Christmas Eve (in December). The device was activated, but did not explode due to technical failures.

According to a preliminary report on the operation, a subject, accused of financing the actions in Brasilia in December, was arrested in Marabá and was carrying an unregistered firearm.


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