Christian terrorist leader arrested, possible explosives factory found

Christian terrorist leader arrested, possible explosives factory found

- Harry Knoesen, the self-proclaimed leader of the National Christian Resistance Movement, was arrested by the Hawks

- The group is considered to be terrorists and Knoesen was arrested on terrorism-related charges

- The Hawks also found an unlicensed firearm, ammunition and what could be an explosives factory

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The Hawks swooped in on the self-professed leader of the terrorist group, the National Christian Resistance Movement, Harry Knoesen.

Knoesen was taken into custody on 28 November at his home in Mpumalanga on charges related to terrorism.

News24 reports that the Hawks are now on the hunt for Riana Heymans, a woman suspected to be linked to the group's activities.

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Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesperson for the Hawks, said in a statement that the group, also called the Crusaders, have been on their wanted list for 2 years.

"The arrest follows a two-year extensive intelligence-led investigation into the alleged terrorist plot apparently coordinated by the group to target national key points, shopping malls and informal settlements." gathered that the Hawks discovered a possible bomb factory when they searched Knoesen's other home in the Eastern Cape. Electronic devices, an unlicensed gun and ammo were also seized.

Knoesen is a retired pastor and former National Defence Force member. He was arrested and charged for terrorism-related activities in contravention of the Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorism and Related Activities Act and the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The case against him has been postponed until 2 December while he finds legal representation.

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