S.African police check WCup bomb threat
South Africa’s police minister says reports of a terrorist
threat to the World Cup can’t be ignored, but “hold no
Nathi Mthethwa released a statement late Friday, after an online
magazine wrote about “how beautiful” it would be if a bomb
exploded at the U.S.-England match in Rustenburg.
The comments appeared to come from a contributor to a militant
e-magazine called “Yearners for Paradise,” not the usual sites
used by al-Qaida and other linked groups. In the article, the
author says he is not a spokesman for al-Qaida.
Police minister Mthethwa said: “Recent media reports suggesting
such threats exist hold no water.” He said every threat was
checked: “We simply cannot ignore them.”