JOHANNESBURG – Four South Africans attempting to fly to Syria have been arrested in Johannesburg and will face charges related to terrorism, police said on Sunday.
“We stopped them from flying to Syria and the airline concerned was also informed and they were refused access,” said Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesman for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, widely known as the Hawks.
The arrests were made on Saturday and the three men and one woman will appear in court on Monday, two in Johannesburg and two in the Kagiso Magistrate’s Court west of Johannesburg.
Foreign nationals have flocked to Syria to fight for or against Islamic State, an ultra-hardline Sunni group that has also carried out deadly attacks worldwide.
Britain and the United States warned in June of a high threat of attacks against foreigners at shopping malls, but security officials say there are no known militant groups operating in South Africa.