The ISLAMIC terror group pledged to target the match between England and the USA in South Africa in June, warning “hundreds of fans could die.”
Al-Qaida’s North African branch has threatened to attack the World Cup Football finals in South Africa which start in June. In addition to the US and British teams, the teams representing France, Germany and defending champions Italy are on the terror group’s list of targets.
A branch of al-Qaeda which last year killed British hostage Edwin Dyer, 61, in Mali made the threats.
They also vowed to target resorts, hotels and car parks used by supporters during the tournament. And they claimed explosive devices which cannot be detected by security scans would be used.
The threats appear on al-Qaeda-linked websites. A statement said: “How beautiful would the game between England and the USA be when broadcast live from a stadium full of spectators – when the sound of an explosion rumbles through the stands. The resulting death toll is in the dozens and hundreds – Allah willing.”
The threats from al-Qaeda’s North African network were last night being taken seriously by terror experts. Neil Doyle said: “They have a track record for violence.” THE SUN UK