South Africa Times Reports: South African intelligence services have been accused of being slow to react to warnings of terror threats to the 2010 World Cup
The US Congress counter-terror caucus was briefed on threats to the tournament. Ronald Sandee, director of the NEFA Foundation, warned the US Congress that:
- Pakistani and Somali militants are running terror training camps in northern Mozambique;
- Trainees from these camps may have crossed into South Africa to join or form cells planning World Cup attacks;
- Surveillance and strike teams planning attacks are well established in South Africa. Terror groups involved include al-Qaeda and their Somalian allies, al-Shahaab
- Simultaneous and random attacks are being planned during the World Cup
On Wednesday, the National Joint Operational Centre was activated at an undisclosed military base in Pretoria. It is co-coordinating the deployment of all South African security and intelligence structures to ensure a safe World Cup, including 24-hour protection of teams and officials.
According to two insiders, a watch-list of 40 terror suspects has been drawn up. Police have neither confirmed nor denied the arrest or watch-list.
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It’s tough finding the balance between safety & security along with access & convenience at a world sporting event such as the World Cup. Lot’s of moving parts, lots of players. ~ES