US issues SA travel alert

2010-05-28 09:20

The US State Department has issued a travel alert to the American

citizens living in South Africa and those travelling to the country 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 yesterday.

“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”.

The 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


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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