US terror threat: No travel advisory issued

Americans have been urged to review their security plans as US facilities and interests could be targeted.

FILE: The embassy yesterday warned its citizens that it has credible information about a possible attack by extremists on South African soil. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africans have been assured that no travel advisory has been issued along with the US embassy's warning of a possible terrorist threat but citizens are being advised to be extra vigilant.

The embassy yesterday warned its citizens that it has credible information about a possible attack by extremists on South African soil.

Americans have been urged to review their security plans as US facilities and interests could be targeted.

However security analyst Ryan Cummings says this doesn't mean that people have been advised not to travel to South Africa.

"There's a sliding scale in terms of advisories that can be issued by the US government. This is just a warning, suggesting heightened vigilance, if that threat deemed to be acute to the point where US citizens were to basically leave South Africa, then the US government would have a mechanism for issuing such advisories."

"DON'T PANIC"

Earlier today, State Security Minister David Mahlobo said his department was aware of the US Embassy's concerns of a possible attack by "extremists" against Americans and had been in discussion with diplomats for the last few days.

Mahlobo said his department had been in communication with the US diplomats sharing the relevant information for the last few days.

"On the basis of sharing of the information we've done our work and we've been interacting with them until later today."

He said his department will work with diplomats to assess the evidence behind the possibility of attacks the embassy had been alerted to.

"Our teams have been working on the evidence and the information they've been sharing, including the people that would say they're the targets."

While Mahlobo could not confirm the nature of threat or what the credible information is, he said there was no immediate danger and the country was "relativity stable".

US diplomatic missions closed their doors in 2009; following threats from Somali terror group al- Shabaab.