30,000 troops for World Cup
A man passes by a wall painting with "Fuleco, the armadillo" - the Fifa World Cup 2014 official mascot - in Benjamin Constant street, Petropolis, south zone of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil on March 27, 2014. (AFP / Raphael Alves)
Brazil is deploying troops along its borders with 10 South American nations to reinforce security ahead of the World Cup football tournament that begins in June.
The Defence Ministry says in a Saturday statement that it has begun deploying 30,000 army, navy and air force troops along the nearly 10,600 miles (17,000 kilometres) of border Brazil shares with its neighbours.
Planes, helicopters, and patrol boats will be used to stop drug trafficking, arms smuggling and other crimes, as well as illegal immigration during the June 12 -July 13 tournament.
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