A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a British couple living in South Africa. Their disappearance two weeks ago prompted the British government to issue a security alert to people travelling to South Africa.

This after the arrest of Syfydeen Aslam Del Vecchio and Fatima Patel at a house in the secluded Ongoye area near Mthunzini on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.

It is believed that Del Vecchio and Patel may be linked to the extremist group ISIS.

The house where Del Vecchio and Patel were found is suspected to be a safe house. When the Hawks raided the place they allegedly found explosives and the missing couple’s vehicle.

The British couple was allegedly abducted in the Hlobane area near Vryheid in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

The third suspect was arrested in the Ndlovini area near Ongoye. Hawks spokesperson Lloyd Ramovha says the 19 year-old is due to appear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on charges of abduction and the possession of stolen property.