US govt issues SA travel alert

2010-05-28 07:26
Washington - The US State Department has issued a travel alert to US citizens living in South Africa or travelling there for the World Cup, due to the risk of terrorism and crime.

"There is a heightened risk that extremist groups will conduct terrorist acts within South Africa in the near future," the department said in an alert on Thursday.

"While a number of terrorist threats against the World Cup in South Africa have appeared in the media in recent weeks and months, the US government has no information on any specific, credible threat of attack that any individual or group is planning to coincide with the tournament."

The State Department said it would make any information public on "a specific and credible threat".

US citizens were advised to keep car doors and windows locked while driving and not to leave valuables in plain view or to wear expensive jewellery.

The alert said public transportation is "poorly developed" and advised using rental cars or private transport instead. And when stopping at intersections at night or in isolated areas, it suggested leaving room for a "quick exit".

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