No 'known' threat to SWC

2010-05-30 17:57
Johannesburg - There is no known terror threat for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints) said on Sunday.

"The security forces can firmly state that there is no known specific terror threat against the 2010 FIFA World Cup," said the Natjoints in a statement.

The body said it "strongly disputed" a Sunday Times story which said South Africa had drawn up a watch-list of 40 terror suspects.

The newspaper said it had received two separate accounts of "at least one arrest linked to World Cup threats".

It also said that "operational militant training camps" were set up in several provinces.

However, Natjoints said that the article in question was riddled with inaccuracies and most comments were from anonymous sources.

"Although the Natjoints is not prepared to discuss intelligence matters for obvious reasons, we can categorically deny the existence of a 'watch-list of 40 terror suspects' or the arrest of any person directly targeting the World Cup.

"We can also dispute the existence of operational militant training camps in several provinces in South Africa."

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