SA mosque attackers kill one

Frederick Owens
May 11, 2018

"One of the three has just died on his way to hospital".

Attackers entered a South African Shiite mosque after midday prayers, stabbed three people, and set the building on fire before fleeing.

Police said the attackers remained at large after escaping in a Hyundai auto from the Imam Hussain mosque in Verulam town, on the outskirts of the eastern port city. The motive for the attack was still unknown.

Witnesses at the scene claimed the men were Egyptian, and drove away in a Hyundai auto.

"We condemn this attack and we are urging the law enforcement to spare no effort in apprehending the perpetrators alive so that the reasons become known", Suleman said from Durban.

Police are now looking for the suspects in the Verulam mosque attack, who are believed to have guns in addition to their knives.

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"We've requested that the Hawks be given the time and the space to do their work. He was treated by paramedics on the scene and transferred [to a hospital]". The other two are in critical condition, ' said Prem Balram, a spokesman for Reaction Unit SA (RUSA) who was first on the scene. Police and members of the community are on the scene.

The Muslim Judicial Council denounced the bloodshed and said the core of Islamic teachings and principles are "respect for all human beings".

The committee's chairperson, Francois Beukman, reportedly said, "A mosque is a religious institution‚ and South Africa's Constitution guarantees and protects the right to religious practices".

Iqbal Jassat of Media Review Network, the Muslim advocacy group, said they are " shocked and outraged by the violent attack which displayed utter disregard for the sanctity of life and the sacredness of the mosque.

Meanwhile, Parliament has called on police to priorities the investigation into the attack.

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