'ISIS-linked suspects sought to bomb Jewish institutions in South Africa'

July 11, 2016 18:10

Two indicted for alleged plot to target Jews and the US Embassy in South Africa.

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A member of a militia kneels as he celebrates victory next to a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by ISIS militants. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Two brothers allegedly linked to Islamic State were indicted in South Africa on Monday for allegedly planning to bomb Jewish institutions in the country, as well as the US Embassy, according to local media reports.

The two men, Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie, were indicted for terrorism related charges at Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court.

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Two additional men were arrested along with the brothers, but were yet to be indicted.

“The accused unlawfully and intentionally conspired to commit the crime of terrorism by planning to cause explosions at a Mission of the United States of America and Jewish institutions (all such structures located in the Republic of South Africa) in order to endanger life, cause death and/or serious bodily harm and the destruction... to such structures,” South African media quoted the indictment as reading.

“Such conspiracy and incitement was intended to cause and spread feelings of terror, fear or panic in the civilian population of South Africa and in particular the US and Jewish sector thereof, and to intimidate the government of the United States of America,” the indictment added.

“Such conspiracy and incitement was directly or indirectly in whole or part to further the political, religious or ideological motives and objectives of an international terrorist organization which has been designated by the security council of the United Nations, namely the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da’esh and ISIS).”

The two men were also indicted for attempting to join ISIS in Syria in April 2015.

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