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We need facts from the US Embassy (not scare tactics), warns terror expert

The US Embassy released a high alert about possible terror attacks on upmarket shopping malls, targeting Americans in South Africa.

Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (Trac) has questioned the media statement issued by the US Embassy, for its lack of factual information.

The statement is vague and general. To say that it is credible means nothing without detail.

Jasmine Opperman, TRAC Director

Trac Director Jasmine Opperman says that it is difficult to asses the credibility of the terror threat because it appears that US government did not consult with South African authorities, namely the State Security Agency.

"Why create this panic if there are due processes available to inform the public in a more detailed and factual basis?"

She explains that South Africa is becoming increasingly vulnerable to terrorism, however, credible threats must be communicated to local law enforcement before creating public fear.

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