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South Africa faces imminent terrorist threat

The UK government, through its Counter Terrorism Policing, has issued a warning about a heightened risk of terrorist attacks in South Africa, suggesting that such incidents are “very likely” to occur.

This advisory, detailed on the UK’s official travel advice website, pinpoints the main threats as potentially coming from “lone actor” attackers inspired by extremist groups such as Daesh.

“Terrorism in South Africa: Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in South Africa.

“The main threat is from individuals who may have been inspired by terrorist groups, including Daesh, and who may carry out ‘lone actor’ attacks.

“Attacks could be indiscriminate and could target public spaces and places visited by foreigners, such as tourist sites, shopping centres, high profile events, crowded places.

“Stay aware of your surroundings, keep up to date with local media reports and follow the advice of local authorities.”

[Image Credit: UK Home Office]

In response to the UK’s grim prognosis, the South African government has expressed its concerns, stating that it awaits “credible proof” of the alleged terror plots.

This statement comes amidst a backdrop of increasing global tensions following conflicts in regions like Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which have been linked to a rise in global terrorist activities.

.According to the UK advisory, possible targets for these attacks could be indiscriminate, focusing on places frequented by foreigners, including tourist sites, shopping centres, and high-profile events.

The advice stresses the importance of vigilance and keeping abreast of local media reports while following the advice of local authorities to mitigate risks.

The advisory also highlights the broader global threat of terrorism, noting that the current international conflicts could motivate individuals to act on extremist ideologies.

Additionally, it addresses the significant risk of terrorist kidnappings in South Africa, underlining the UK’s firm stance against making concessions to hostage-takers.

Local communities and international visitors in South Africa are on edge, with many expressing their concerns over the matter.

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