Police disrupted an alleged neo-Nazi plot to bomb at least two synagogues in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, and are looking into whether the group has international ties, officials said Thursday. Police seized Nazi literature, knives and three homemade explosive devices earlier this week they said were to have been set off at least two synagogues in Porto Alegre, according to police inspector Paulo Cesar Jardim. "I have no doubt that we have aborted a major tragedy," he said.
Jardim said they had no links to four men arrested on Wednesday in a plot to bomb two synagogues in the Bronx. A statement by the group said its goal was to harass Jews and homosexuals in order to "purify the race." Fourteen members were arrested and released on bail. During the search, the Brazilian police found homemade bombs, knives, and Nazi propaganda materials.