British couple kidnapped in S

File The UK advisory noted that shopping centres like Sandton City could be targeted by terrorists

File The UK advisory noted that shopping centres like Sandton City could be targeted by terrorists

An elderly British couple have been kidnapped in South Africa, police said Thursday, amid reports they were abducted by extremists suspected to have links to the Islamic State (ISIS) group.

The FCO said on its website the main threat was from Islamic State.

Reuters reported that the man is aged 74 and from Britain, having moved to the country during the 1970s, whilst the woman is 63 years old and was born in South Africa. They have not yet been found, and police say they are not yet sure of the motive. "In February 2018, two South African-British nationals were kidnapped", it said. "This remains our assessment".

"The couple are still missing at this stage. No ransom has been demanded", said a Hawks spokesman, who revealed their vehicle had been recovered and was undergoing forensic tests.

The "terrorism" section was updated this week after two South African-British nationals were reprtedly kidnapped in Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal earlier this month in a case with alleged links to terrorism.

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"There's also a threat from individuals who may have been inspired by terrorist groups, including Daesh, to carry out so called "lone actor" attacks targeting public places, including where foreigners may gather". "We are more than ready to deal with such.The auto the couple was driving in was found on Wednesday and is now undergoing forensic tests". Muslims account for just 1.5 percent of South Africa's 54 million people.

Jasmine Opperman, director of Southern Africa Operations at the Terrorism, Research and Analysis Consortium think tank, said the British alert was "alarmist".

"South Africa's vulnerability for attack is there, but are there solid indications of attacks now as we sit here?"

The US and Britain warned in 2016 of the possibility of attacks by jihadist extremists in South Africa's major cities. "There are none", she told eNCA television.

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