The South African police confiscated about 3 tons of illegal commercial explosives packed in 100 boxes on Friday during a raid on a house in Johannesburg’s South Hills.
Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said an 18-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man have been arrested and would be charged with violating the Explosives Act. He further added that the raided was carried out following a tip-off received through Primedia’s Crime Line. Investigators believe the 3 ton of explosives had been stolen from a container in a shipping depot in City Deep.
Although police reported that the discovery was made in an ongoing investigation against a criminal syndicate which blows up ATM machines, it is not unlikely that the explosives were to be used by terrorists during June’s FIFA World Cup. Al-Qaeda earlier already threatened to stage attacks with explosives during the group stage games of England, the United States, France, Germany and Italy.