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World Cup security fears dismissed

Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo is downplaying an alleged threat by the country's largest organised crime group to launch attacks during the 2014 World Cup.

He told local media that he fully trusts Brazil's security forces and does not believe "a criminal organisation can threaten an event such as the World Cup".

An unsourced report by the newspaper Estado de S Paulo said leaders of the crime group were heard in wiretapped conversations saying that in 2014 they would order a "World Cup of terror" if their jailed leaders are submitted to tougher prison conditions.

Mr Rebelo said Brazil's security forces have the "strength" needed to make sure the country safely hosts football's showcase event.

Police did not immediately answer a request for comment on the alleged threat.

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