Brazil charges 11 people with trying to set up ISIS cell

BRASILIA (REUTERS) - Brazilian prosecutors have charged 11 people with planning to establish an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) cell in Brazil and trying to recruit fighters to send to Syria, the federal prosecutors office in the state of Goias said on Thursday (May 17).

Two Brazilians are being held in a maximum security prison and five others, arrested since October, were freed pending trial.

Federal police tracked the alleged ISIS militants through their social media messages after Spanish police provided telephone numbers found on a Brazilian arrested in Spain for belonging to a militant group, newspaper Estado de S.Paulo reported.