Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition)

‘Kidnappers’ will apply for bail


THE suspects believed to have been involved in the abduction of a British couple will seek to apply for bail.

The couple, whose identities have been withheld, went missing in KwaZulu-Natal on February 12.

The arrest of Sayfydeen Aslam Del Vecchio, 38, and Fatima Patel, 27, on charges of kidnapping as well as offences that fall under an anti-terrorism act, further fuelled concerns on terrorism links in South Africa.

Hawks spokespers­on, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, said they were to appear back at the Vryheid Magistrate’s Court for a bail applicatio­n.

The Hawks have been tightlippe­d about their investigat­ions but were working closely with the FBI and Scotland Yard. British travel advisory warned travellers of possible imminent attacks in South Africa.

“Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in South Africa. Attacks could be indiscrimi­nate, including in places visited by foreigners such as shopping areas in major cities,” read the advisory.

“The main threat is from extremists linked to Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL). In February 2018, two South African-British nationals were kidnapped.”

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks

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