Police arrest man suspected of planting explosives in Brazilian capital ahead of presidential inauguration

Sao Paulo

Brasilia police on Saturday arrested a man suspected of planting and possessing explosive devices a week before the inauguration of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, police chief Robson Candido said during a briefing Press.

The 54-year-old suspect traveled to Brasilia for demonstrations in support of President Jair Bolsonaro, police said.

Police seized an explosive device found by a truck driver in a tanker truck near Brasilia International Airport. After further investigation, police also found a rifle, two shotguns, revolvers, more than 1,000 pieces of ammunition and 5 other explosive devices in the suspect’s rented apartment in Brasilia, police said.

“This is something that has never existed in Brasilia and we will not allow such demonstrations that could harm people and public property,” the police chief said during the briefing.

The suspect has identified others involved in the plot and further arrests will be made, police said.


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