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

water.”

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.”