NZ terror attack: 'My concern... is that we are going to see revenge attacks'

Terrorism expert Jasmine Opperman says the latest terrorist attack in New Zealand was well planned, but one should not assume it was carried out by an organised group.

Rightwing extremist Brenton Tarrant claimed responsibility in a manifesto titled 'The Great Replacement', which he published on social media.

The 74-page document starts off quoting the Dylan Thomas poem, “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” and then erupts into a tirade about white genocide.

Apparently live streaming the assault, Tarrant stormed two Christchurch mosques on Friday morning.

He has been charged with murder, while three others have been arrested.

READ: Death toll in Christchurch mosques attack rises

Using similar attacks as an example, Opperman say these are usually lone wolf acts.

This was a well planned attack. Does this mean that there is an organised group now supporting the great replacement? No, I think one is jumping from A to C here without any evidence.

Jasmine Opperman, Director- Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (Africa)

That there is growing support and growing tensions and numbers supporting such extreme ideas cannot be denied, but organised for instance as you will find in Al Qaeda, there is no indication.

Jasmine Opperman, Director- Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (Africa)

Opperman goes on to say the massacre is a clear indication that the world might be in store for more stochastic terrorism, a term generally understood to refer to acts of random violence by lone wolf terrorists.

Stochastic terrorism is the world we are entering, statistically this has been coming. If one looks at the incidents that have taken place, I can make a strategic conclusion that the probability of civil attacks even in a place like New Zealand is highly probable.

Jasmine Opperman, Director- Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (Africa)

To go into a tactical forecast or alert of who, what, when and how is very difficult. You are going to be lucky if you are going to be able to predict when an attack is going to happen. Tactically you are going to find it very difficult to get such intelligence.

Jasmine Opperman, Director- Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (Africa)

Opperman says it is likely that revenge attacks will take place.

The world is so caught up in the Middle East that they have forgotten that there are reprisals. This is my concern with this attack, is that we are going to see revenge attacks. People are going to respond and I think for intelligence services to look at the whole spectrum of terrorism, is of utmost importance.

Jasmine Opperman, Director- Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (Africa)

Click on the link below to hear more from Opperman....


This article first appeared on 702 : NZ terror attack: 'My concern... is that we are going to see revenge attacks'


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Are mobile networks complying with Icasa's new data regulations?

Are mobile networks complying with Icasa's new data regulations?

Amandla.Mobi's Koketso Moeti says mobile networks like Vodacom are side stepping regulations.

New law could see South African's jailed for lying about qualifications

New law could see South African's jailed for lying about qualifications

An amendment bill approved by the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces will soon be handed to the president.

Red Cross launches website to reconnect  families affected by Cyclone Idai

Red Cross launches website to reconnect families affected by Cyclone Idai

Hundreds of thousands of people have been separated from their families following heavy floods caused by Cyclone Idai.

[LISTEN] 'There is something that the NPA is not telling us'

[LISTEN] 'There is something that the NPA is not telling us'

Political analyst Protas Madlala comments on the latest developments surrounding the murder of Sindiso Magaqa.

Death toll in Christchurch mosques attack rises

Death toll in Christchurch mosques attack rises

Journalist and political analyst shares the latest developments Martin Lejeune following the deadly attack.

At least 40 people gunned down at mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand

At least 40 people gunned down at mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand

Police have urged members of the public not to share or watch a video posted by the alleged shooter on social media.

Popular articles
How to buy your first share (even if you only have R50, or less)

How to buy your first share (even if you only have R50, or less)

Got R50? No? Got R5? Personal finance expert Warren Ingram on how to buy shares with tiny amounts of money.

'A black constructor who refused "Construction Mafia" was killed in cold blood'

'A black constructor who refused "Construction Mafia" was killed in cold blood'

Safec CEO Webster Mfebe wants president to intervene in construction industry intimidation by a group called Construction Mafia.

Cape Party: We want the Western Cape to be an independent country #Capexit

Cape Party: We want the Western Cape to be an independent country #Capexit

Cape Party says it wants Capexit, an independent Western Cape free from the ANC's policies.

Why flights between JHB and Cape Town could become a few minutes longer

Why flights between JHB and Cape Town could become a few minutes longer

SA Flyer Magazine editor Guy Leitch explains the impact of the Northern Cape SKA radio telescope on flight times.

 Allow farmers to go off the Eskom grid and turn to solar power - Agri SA

Allow farmers to go off the Eskom grid and turn to solar power - Agri SA

Agri SA’s Nicol Jansen, explains how SA's agricultural industry could benefit if more farms were allowed to go off the Eskom grid.

NG Kerk minister condemned for showing solidarity with Christchurch victims

NG Kerk minister condemned for showing solidarity with Christchurch victims

NG Kerk dominee Riaan de Villiers says he was told he is not allowed to call Muslims our brother and sisters, and children of God.

Paramedics fear for their lives as attacks on EMS crews continue

Paramedics fear for their lives as attacks on EMS crews continue

An ambulance crew was held at gunpoint, assaulted and robbed of their belongings while on a call out in Khayelitsha.

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

MultiChoice will increase the prices of certain DStv packages from 1 April.

Physics pro Wandile Mabanga puts Africa on the map with interactive puzzle

Physics pro Wandile Mabanga puts Africa on the map with interactive puzzle

Maths genius and entrepreneur Wandile Mabanga is helping people play and learn with his unique, interactive Map Blitz board game.