“At least 50 South Africans killed or injured by terrorists since 2010”; an article published in The Citizen outlines some sobering statistics.
“South African citizens are in the top 10 for nationalities targeted by terrorists. South African citizens ranked among the top 10 nationalities in the world targeted by major terrorist groups, such as Islamic State (IS) of Iraq and Syria, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab and pirates, according to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).
Responding to The Citizen’s enquiry, ISS senior researcher specialising in counter-terrorism Martin Ewi said South Africans were increasingly targeted by terrorist organisations in Mali, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Syria and Iraq. According to the ISS, the risk of kidnapping for South African citizens is particularly high in Somalia by pirates and al-Shabaab.
Ewi added that al-Qaeda and a new umbrella group called Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM) in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali, the Niger Delta Avengers and Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen as well as IS in Syria and Iraq were a serious danger to South Africans. At least 50 South Africans have been killed, kidnapped or injured by terrorist groups operating in these countries (Mali, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Syria and Iraq) since 2010. South Africa is now believed to rank among the top 10 countries most attractive to terrorist or violent extremist groups in the world,” said Ewi.”
How Does Mantis Security Implement Counter Terrorism?
Mantis Security can provide protective and counter-terrorism security advice to support businesses in order to reduce vulnerability to terrorist threats. We draw on a wide range of expertise including; skilled detectives, financial investigators, intelligence analysts. We also work closely with police forces throughout the country, government departments and other agencies.
While the threat of terrorism is a rarely discussed topic, it is a very real threat.