Two terror suspects arrested trying to enter South Africa
Zimbabwean police have arrested two suspected terrorists as they tried to cross into South Africa, media reports said Sunday, raising fears over security at the World Cup, dpa reported.
The two Pakistani nationals, one of whom is suspected of having links to the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, attempted to enter South Africa on fake Kenyan passports last Sunday, the Sunday Times reported.
Interpol have been called in to verify if one of the suspects is indeed wanted in connection with the Mumbai attacks, in which almost 200 people died.
South African police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo said that arrests proved security was tight around the ongoing World Cup.
"The mere fact that they were stopped in Zimbabwe will tell you that the security is sufficient," he told the Sunday Times.
Prior to the tournament, there were fears that Somalia's radical Islamist group al-Shabaab, which has links with al-Qaeda, could attempt to launch an attack.
Foreign fighters are flocking to the chaotic Horn of Africa nation to set up terror camps with a view to launching regional attacks, Western diplomats and security experts say.