Police arrest a man suspected of planting explosives in Brazil’s capital ahead of the presidential inauguration

São Paulo

Police in Brasilia arrested a man on Saturday 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 news conference.

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

Police have seized an explosive device found by a truck in a tanker near Brasilia’s international airport. After further investigation, police also found a rifle, two shotguns, revolvers, more than 1,000 rounds 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 Brasília and we will not allow these demonstrations that could harm people and public property,” the police chief said during the briefing.

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

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