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Islamic State threatens South Africa

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South Africa is on edge after ISIS threatened the country to stay away from the group’s insurgency in northern Mozambique or risk a response to its involvement.

ISIS published the warning in its latest news bulletin, Al-Naba, yesterday Tuesday, 7 July 2020 in which it told the South African government not to get involved in the conflict in the Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique.

The terrorist group has threatened to “open the fighting front” within South African borders if the Pretoria government becomes involved in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique.

The security situation in Cabo Delgado has worsened in recent months, as ISIS-linked Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamaah or Al-Shabaab militias have increased attacks against civilians.

The extremist group is trying to set up Islamic schools that preach an extreme form of Islam in the province.

This Wednesday, the opposition party, Democratic Alliance (DA) called on the South African government not to take the group’s threat lightly and urged it to urgently engage its neighbors in the Development Community Southern Africa (SADC).

“As a member of SADC and the African Union, we have an obligation to safeguard the stability of our country and our neighbors,” said Kobus Marais, legislator of the DA and Minister of Defense.

He added that it was time for all SADC countries to come together to develop a strategy and collectively find solutions to the problem.

The opposition wants the South African national defence force to be deployed against IS terrorists in northern Mozambique with the consent of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN).



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