‘Radical Sheikh’ in the Durban area

2015-02-28 00:00

IN November 2009, a document sent by the British MI6 to the SSA titled “Secret UK/South Africa Write-in Claims Knowledge of Extremist Activity in SA” said they believe there is a “radical Sheikh … who is radicalising youths in the Durban area”.

The document, while redacted in large parts, intimates that the sheikh travelled to Somalia and that youths had “travelled to Kandahar (Pakistan)”. It further stated that “several youths” had undergone “pilot training before travelling to an undisclosed location in Europe”.

There was no correspondence by the SSA to confirm or deny this allegation.

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