Fears of ease of bioattack at World Cup rise

Security analysts have warned that World Cup fans in South Africa are facing serious terrorist threats, including biological attacks, following the lethal ambush of the Togo soccer team in Angola last week.

The attack, analysts fear, showed how easy it would be for militants to gain publicity with a copycat attack only on a much larger stage, Anneli Botha, a researcher at South Africa's Institute for Security Studies, told The Guardian.

"Far from needing weapons of mass destruction, terrorists have put a tiny place like Cabinda on the map using simple strategy and a few guns," Botha told the Guardian. "When star football teams from places like Brazil and England turn up, it could be a gift to aggressors like this.

Neil Thomson, the director of UK-based red24, a global security company, warned that South Africa's porous borders and easy access to weapons and explosives as well as the lack of testing against international terrorist groups by security services increase the chance of an attack.

Chemical, biological and radioactive attacks have been simulated and participating countries have shared their expertise, but some analysts fear that is not enough.

"It's a deadly serious threat for supporters at the World Cup too, because it does not require the attacker to get through security barriers," Botha said. "Anywhere where there are fewer gun control searches, for instance by the big TV screens at fanparks, is wide open for trouble."