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U.S. Embassy in South Africa warns of ‘near-term’ attacks

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JOHANNESBURG — The U.S. Embassy in South Africa issued a statement Saturday warning U.S. citizens of possible terrorist attacks in that area.

Officials believe there is the threat of “near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in South Africa, such as upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town.”

The embassy said the warning was issued after ISIS called on its militants to “carry out terrorist attacks globally during the upcoming month of Ramadan.”