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Vol 41 No 19

Published 29th September 2000

South Africa

Blame for the bombs

The government blames Islamists for a wave of terrorism in Cape Town

In the Cape Town area in the past 27 months, 21 bombings have caused three deaths and injured at least 130 people. In Cape Town itself, a major tourist resort, there have been eight blasts this year. The government has now announced that it knows the culprits: a small Islamist organisation called Qibla, and its offshoot People Against Gangsterism (or 'Gangs') and Drugs (PAGAD). The police say they are ready to move in in force.

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