'Boko Haram may be active in SA'

The ISS says it is likely some of the terrorist group’s members are in the country.

A screengrab taken from a video released on You Tube on April 12, 2012 apparently shows Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau (C) sitting flanked by militants.Picture:AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says it's likely some members of the terrorist group Boko Haram may be in South Africa.

This week Deputy International Relations Minister Luwellyn Landers said its splinter groups are based in this country.

Boko Haram has been blamed for a series of deadly attacks in northern Nigeria in recent weeks.

Its members also kidnapped more than 200 school girls in the dead of night at a school in the town of Chibok in the Borno State in April.

Watch: Nigeria: 85 kidnapped schoolgirls still missing

The institute's Martin Ewi says, "We have not really carried out research to find out who is in South Africa, what they're doing and where they're doing their business, to really determine whether there are elements of Boko Haram in South Africa."

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