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One killed as armed persons attack worshippers in South African mosque

11 May, 2018, 01:46 | Author: John Swanson
  • The knife used to stab the victims

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

IPSS Medical Rescue's Paul Herbst said: "IPSS can now confirm that the person with the slit throat unfortunately has passed away in hospital". Two other people were injured.

It was too early to comment on the circumstances of the attack, said Nick Piper, a director at Signal Risk, an Africa-focused risk management firm.

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Police investigating three attempted murder and arson. About 1.5% of the country's population is Muslim. "The local people here identified them", Balram said.

"The priest was tied up and thrown to his knees and his throat was slit".

The mosque was also set alight.

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According to a report issued by Reaction Unit South Africa, the attackers, who were wearing half balaclavas, fled in a white Hyundai light motor vehicle with no registration plates. A section of the mosque was set ablaze and smoke was billowing from the side of the building, Balram said. Nothing was taken from the mosque or from the victims, that's why we're saying it doesn't look like a robbery. "I do not think we should jump to conclusions that this attack is motivated by sectarianism", Haseen told Voice of the Cape. "Speculation about the motive is quite risky at this point".

The secretary general of Jamiatul Ulama South Africa, Moulana Ebrahim Bham, told Radio Islam that they condemned the attack which "fosters nothing but tension, mistrust and insecurity within communities".

Police said the men entered the large mosque after midday prayers and stabbed three people.

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