May 31, 2010
South African security officials denied claims in a Sunday newspaper that the country faces a high risk of a terrorist attack during the World Cup it is hosting in less than two weeks.
The Sunday Times report pointed to a briefing to the U.S. Congress counter-terrorism caucus last week by the NEFA Foundation, which investigates terrorist activities, warning that simultaneous and random attacks were being planned.
“I believe there is an 80 per cent chance of an attack,” Ronald Sandee, director of the foundation, was quoted by the paper as saying.
Police and intelligence officials dismissed the claims.
“I don’t know where they got their information from. We have all our strategies and plans in place,” Police Senior Superintendent Vish Naidoo said.
This article was posted: Monday, May 31, 2010 at 3:48 am