Is South Africa in danger of Isis attacks?

Isis has claimed responsibility for two deadly bombings targeted at Coptic Christian churches in the northern city of Tanta- Egypt, on Palm Sunday.

Jasmine Opperman director at the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) Africa says since the formation of Islamic States, they have prepared themselves for what's called back to ground warfare - guerilla warfare.

She says in 2014 Isis released a document explaining why is it important to target Coptic Christians.

What we are seeing here is something that Isis has prepared for, they are simply just executing.

Jasmine Opperman Director at Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium

When asked about whether South Africa is in danger of these attacks, Opperman says the fact that there are Isis members in the country makes South Africa vulnerable.

It's highly difficult to determine but we are vulnerable and vulnerability is pushing us to the fault line and it cannot be ignored anymore.

Jasmine Opperman Director at Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium

To hear more insights from Opperman, listen below:


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