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No Threat To World Cup, Says South African Police Minister

Johannesburg: South Africa's police minister says the World Cup faces no terror threat, dismissing speculation about plots by groups ranging from al-Qaida to homegrown white militants. Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa told reporters Monday that South
PTI May 31, 2010 16:21 IST
PTI

Johannesburg: South Africa's police minister says the World Cup faces no terror threat, dismissing speculation about plots by groups ranging from al-Qaida to homegrown white militants.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa told reporters Monday that South African investigators went to Iraq after security forces there announced they had arrested an alleged al-Qaida militant who had talked to friends about attacking Danish and Dutch teams at the World Cup. Mthethwa says investigators dismissed that threat.

He also says white South African extremists arrested in recent weeks for stockpiling weapons are a "lunatic fringe" and no threat to the tournament.
Mthethwa says: "There is no threat to South Africa as we speak now."