Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
13 Jul 2020
5:07 am

Take Isis threats seriously, warns expert

Brian Sokutu

'The challenge we have in South Africa is to identify areas where Isis inspire, propagate and seek recruitment.'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 13, 2018 A Mozambican Army soldier brings down a structure torched by attackers to be rebuilt as shelter for people fleeing the recent attacks, in Naunde, northern Mozambique. Picture: Joaquim Nhamirre / AFP

Amid reports of the jihadist group Isis warning South Africa against intervention in quelling attacks in neighbouring Mozambique’s northernmost province of Cabo Delgado, a counter-terrorism expert yesterday said while SA should take the threats seriously, a Mozambican response would require an all-inclusive regional approach. Jasmine Opperman, an analyst at the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project, was responding to media reports, quoting from the Isis newsletter Al-Naba, in which the organisation threatened about “opening the fighting front within South African borders” should SA get involved. Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah, an organisation linked to Isis, has been linked to a violent...