FOUR SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR PLANNING ATTACKS ON US EMBASSY IN SOUTH AFRICA

Four terror suspects arrested in two separate raids over the weekend have appeared briefly in the Magistrate's Courts here and in Kagiso, about 30 kilometres west of here.

They were arrested in a joint operation by the Hawks, the Priority Crime Investigations Unit of the South African Police Service (SAPS), and other law enforcement agencies. The anti-terror raids took place in Newclare and Azaadville here over the weekend.

Officials said the arrests followed a lengthy investigation into possible terrorism-related activities in Johannesburg. The four suspects will all remain behind bars until their next court appearances.

Two of the suspects -- Ibrahim Patel and his wife, Fatima Patel -- appeared in the Kagiso Magistrate's Court Monday. Shortly after Ibrahim Patel appeared in the dock, State Prosecutor Thabo Tlalane requested that the matter be postponed for further investigation.

Their cases were postponed for a formal bail application and further investigation. Ibrahim was charged for possession of a stun grenade while his wife was charged for being in possession of 20 rounds of live ammunition.

Meanwhile, two brothers who were arrested in Newclare appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court Monday. Their case was postponed to Tuesday for further investigations.

Source: Nam News Network

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