Terror is on SA’s doorstep, warns terrorism expert

Terror is on SA’s doorstep, warns terrorism expert

An image grab taken from a press release issued on April 23, 2019 by the Islamic State (IS) group's propaganda agency Amaq, allegedly shows eight men it said carried out a string of deadly suicide bomb blasts on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, lined up at an undisclosed location. Picture: HO / AAMAQ NEWS AGENCY / AFP

Hammered on its home ground in the Middle East by coalition forces, IS has been looking to broaden its reach.

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has called for “the fight to go on” and southern Africa was ignoring the message at its own peril as it was only a matter of time before oil and gas companies were targeted, a terrorism expert has told The Citizen. The closest, and biggest, threat comes from SA’s eastern neighbour, Mozambique in the far northeast province of Cabo Delgado. Combine religious extremism with political instability, crushing poverty, and locals being moved off their land to make way for a liquid natural gas project that will see billions of dollars leaving the country, and...




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