23-Year Old Twins Who Allegedly Planned To Blow Up US Mission & Jewish Institutions In South Africa Charged

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Twin brothers have been accused in court in South Africa of planning to blow up a US mission and Jewish institutions in the country, the BBC bureau in Johannesburg reports.

Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie were each charged with three counts related to terrorism when they appeared briefly in court today, initially covering their heads with hooded jackets..

The 23-year-old twins will remain in custody until their next court appearance.

They have not yet pleaded to the charges.

The provisional charge sheets say they may be linked to the militant Islamic State group, and were planning to cause explosions at a US mission and Jewish institutions.

The alleged conspiracy to commit the crimes took place on three occasions between 2015 and 2016, the charge sheet says.

The elite police unit, Hawks, said they attempted to travel to Syria last year, and had been under surveillance for some time.

They were arrested, along with two others, during a raid of homes in Azaadvile and Newclare, two suburbs  near Johannesburg, the main city.

The elite police unit, Hawks, said it had confiscated a number of items, including computers and mobile phones, during the raids.

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