31 May 2010

Intelligence body denies high risk of Cup terrorist attack

1:29 pm on 31 May 2010

South African security officials have moved swiftly to deny claims in a newspaper of a high risk of a terrorist attack during next month's football World Cup.

Johannesburg's Sunday Times reported a briefing to the US Congress counter-terrorism caucus last week by the NEFA Foundation, which investigates terrorist activities.

It quoted foundation director Ronald Sandee as saying there is an 80 percent chance of an attack.

But the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure, which coordinates security operations for the World Cup, denied any known specific terror threat against the 2010 World Cup.