Terror risk remains low

The Toyota Land Cruiser which was being used by the couple when before they were reported missing - PHOTO: Zululand Observer

WHEN a couple with dual nationality (South African and British) is reported missing, alarm bells ring.

This especially so when large amounts of money are withdrawn using their bank cards, implying they have been victims of a serious crime.

Fortunately, through modern technology, those who are assigned to investigate the disappearance have traceable information to work with, and the net closes in on the suspects.

It leads to an isolated homestead between Mtunzini and eShowe and – because of possible international links – the Hawks and other law enforcement agencies swoop on the property.

Unaware of the events in progress, the Zululand Observer hears of the huge police presence from people living in the area and heads off in that direction.

Little did our reporters know they would be at the forefront of breaking a story that would bring to light terrorist suspects (possibly ISIS-linked) living right on our doorstep.

Arrests are made after explosives and other items are reportedly seized on the scene.

This included two vehicles, one of which was the Toyota Land Cruiser from which the couple had apparently been abducted.

It was taken to CSI experts at Richards Bay for comprehensive forensics examination for any evidence that might lead to the whereabouts of the victims or the identity of the culprits.

All this as the Hawks, together with Scotland Yard and the FBI, sift through information and exhibits to understand the full extent of the abduction and the possible terrorist links.

They are understandably tight-lipped and the Zululand Observer resists speculating on what it knows from its own sources, taking a conservative line on its reporting.

This is not just ‘a big story’; it is something that could have far reaching consequences for our region.

Is there an ISIS recruiting cell or hideout secretly concealed in our remote forest areas?

One thing we do know, is that the international anti-terror agencies are forever working on identifying possible terrorist activity and the presence of radical fundamentalists.

As we wait for matters to unfold, we do however regret the fact ‘terror warnings’ are being issued to potential travellers.

The impression is given that tourists run a high risk of being captured by terrorists.

In that regard, we remain one of the safest countries in the world and a single, tenuous incident should not be escalated out of proportion.

Dave Savides

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