South Africa downplays US terrorism alert (dpa German Press Agency)

Johannesburg (dpa) – The South African government said Wednesday
there was “no immediate threat” to US interests in the country, a day
after the US embassy issued a terrorism alert.

South African and US security agencies have shared information and
“there is no immediate threat that can actually befall anyone who is
within the republic of South Africa,” State Security Minister David
Mahlobo told broadcaster eNCA.

“Therefore, there’s no need for panic,” he said.

The US embassy said “extremists” could target “US government
facilities and other facilities identifiable with US business
interests” in South Africa.

The alert was issued three days before the 14th anniversary of the
September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.