Brazil nabs ex-Hezbol­lah man wanted for drug traf­fick­ing

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BRASILIA: In a con­tin­ued roundup of sus­pects linked to ter­ror­ism ahead of the Rio Olympics, Brazil­ian po­lice ar­rested a Le­banese man who was a for­mer mem­ber of the mil­i­tant group Hezbol­lah and wanted for drug traf­fick­ing.

Fadi Hassan Nabha, 42, was ar­rested on Thurs­day at his home in Caieiras, a sub­urb of Sao Paulo, on or­ders from the justice min­istry that has been seek­ing to ex­pel him from Brazil, a spokesman for the mil­i­tary po­lice said.

Nabha served in Hezbol­lah’s spe­cial ser­vices and had weapons and ex­plo­sives train­ing.

He has been on In­ter­pol’s wanted list since 2013 for drug traf­fick­ing.

Brazil’s Fed­eral Po­lice de­clined to com­ment on his con­nec­tion to Hezbol­lah.

The Olympic Games will open on Fri­day in Rio amid height­ened se­cu­rity mea­sures and con­cerns about Is­lamist vi­o­lence fol­low­ing at­tacks in Euro­pean cities.

Brazil­ian au­thor­i­ties have stepped up ar­rests of any­one sus­pected of links to the Is­lamic State. – Reuters

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