Date: December 31, 2009
Source: Bio Prep Watch
Abstract: Approximately 450,000 soccer fans are expected to stream into South Africa for the World Cup tournament from June 11 through July 11 and the nation says it is prepared for the all manner of threats, from bioattack to nuclear.
South Africa is not considered a major terrorist target, but national police spokesman Vish Naidoo said told the Pretoria News, “”in view of the 31 other countries participating in the games there is the potential for the threat of a terror attack.
“To counter this we have launched proactive and reactive plans which include the intervention and the assistance of Interpol in the creation of databases of dangerous and disruptive persons.
“These databases will include all persons involved in all forms of organised crime, ranging from terrorism to gun smuggling and hooliganism. No one whose name is on the database will be allowed into the country.”
Terrorist attack simulation exercises have been simulated for various scenarios, including those focusing on biological, chemical and radioactive attacks.
Additionally, 50,000 security personnel will be deployed during the World Cup with intelligence and law enforcement agencies from participating nations boosting security.
“If anyone asks us to host the competition tomorrow, from a security perspective, we are more than ready,” Naidoo said (Bio Prep Watch, 2009).
Title: Fears Of Ease Of Bioattack At World Cup Rise
Date: January 11, 2010
Source: Bio Prep Watch
Abstract: Security analysts have warned that World Cup fans in South Africa are facing serious terrorist threats, including biological attacks, following the lethal ambush of the Togo soccer team in Angola last week.
The attack, analysts fear, showed how easy it would be for militants to gain publicity with a copycat attack only on a much larger stage, Anneli Botha, a researcher at South Africa’s Institute for Security Studies, told The Guardian.
“Far from needing weapons of mass destruction, terrorists have put a tiny place like Cabinda on the map using simple strategy and a few guns,” Botha told the Guardian. “When star football teams from places like Brazil and England turn up, it could be a gift to aggressors like this.
Neil Thomson, the director of UK-based red24, a global security company, warned that South Africa’s porous borders and easy access to weapons and explosives as well as the lack of testing against international terrorist groups by security services increase the chance of an attack.
Chemical, biological and radioactive attacks have been simulated and participating countries have shared their expertise, but some analysts fear that is not enough.
“It’s a deadly
serious threat for supporters at the World Cup too, because it does not require
the attacker to get through security barriers,” Botha said. “Anywhere where there are fewer gun control searches,
for instance by the big TV screens at fanparks, is wide open for trouble” (Bio Prep Watch, 2010).