The US government warned on Wednesday of a possible “terrorist” attack over the weekend in the financial hub of South Africa’s largest city Johannesburg.
It has identified a potential target as Sandton, often referred to as the wealthiest square mile on the African continent – a collection of high-end boutiques, lofty business office towers and banks.
The US Embassy said on its website: “The US government has received information that terrorists may be planning an attack against large crowds at an unknown location. identified in the greater Sandton area of Johannesburg”.
It said the attack could have happened there on Saturday.
AFP contacted South African authorities with no immediate response.
Several warnings have been made about possible terrorist attacks and an increase in impending terrorist attacks on South Africa over the years, but none have materialized.
South Africa’s military is helping neighboring Mozambique fight an Islamist insurgency, where it has deployed more than 1,000 troops since last July.
The embassy said it had no further information on the “time, method or objective of the potential attack”, but advised its staff to “avoid crowds of people and large public gatherings”. other in the greater Sandton area during the weekend of 29-30. October 2022.
David Feldmann, a spokesman for the US Embassy in Pretoria, told AFP: “We have nothing to add beyond what has been warned.
Johannesburg’s annual gay pride festival is scheduled to take place in the Sandton area on Saturday, the first live event after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Following the 2016 warning issued by the US and UK, the South African government reacted angrily to “efforts to create awareness of the government’s reckless attitude, alarmist impressions and hysteria”. of the public based on a single, questionable source”.
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