South African police foil bomb plot as ANC meets in Mangaung

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BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa — South African police say they have foiled a bomb plot by suspected right-wing extremists, as the ruling African National Congress meets to elect its top leaders at a national party convention.

Police arrested four men Sunday just ahead of the ANC’s five-yearly leadership conference in the city of Bloemfontein, also known as Mangaung. More than 4,000 voting delegates, including President Jacob Zuma, have gathered to choose the party’s executive.

While a police spokesman initially said the men were planning to plant a bomb in an ANC tent where delegates are meeting, police have since said there is no direct link with the conference, and the plot was “country-wide.”

Bloemfontein remains under heavy police guard, with most cars barred from the University of the Free State campus where the conference is taking place this week.

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