The U.S. government has received information that terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where its citizens congregate in shopping areas in South Africa, its embassy said on Saturday.
‘This information comes against the backdrop of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s public call for its adherents to carry out terrorist attacks globally during the upcoming month of Ramadan,’ it said in a statement posted on its website.

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Upscale shopping areas in Johannesburg or Cape Town are considered areas ripe for terrorism, says the State Department.

ISIS shopping malls
Upscale shopping malls in South Africa (such as the Maponya Mall in Soweto, above) are the target of plotting ISIS terrorists, says the State Department
An upscale shopping mall in Sandton City in Johannesburg, South Africa (above) may be exactly the type of place terrorists could target during Ramadan, says the State Department

On Friday, the Pentagon announced that it had conducted several strikes – some of them kept secret until now – against Islamic extremists outside of Iraq and Syria, according to USA Today.
In 2016, U.S. attacks in Yemen have killed more than 100 militants, according to U.S. Central Command, reports the outlet.

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The State Department suggests those traveling in South Africa enroll in the Smart Traveler program, which texts warnings, and can ‘make it easier to locate you in an emergency.’
In Germany on Thursday, three Syrian men were arrested on suspicion of planning an ISIS-ordered attack in the old town in Dusseldorf in western Germany with suicide bombings, guns and explosives.

In November 2015, ISIS unleashed brutal attacks throughout Paris, killing 130 people


In December 2015, Germany allowed approximately 360,000 Syrian refugees into the country.

Thirty-people were killed in Brussels on March 22 and 130 people were killed in Paris on November 13, 2015 in a series of attacks orchestrated by ISIS.

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In 2002, there was a string of terrorist attacks in Soweto, South Africa. A white supremacist group, Warriors of the Boer Nation, claimed responsibility.

The State Department has previously announced similar warnings for Europe.