One killed as armed persons attack worshippers in South African mosque

South Africa attack: Knifemen 'SLIT THROATS' of crowd in Durban - at least one dead

A group of men allegedly stormed the mosque on Thursday afternoon, slitting the throat of at least one person.

"Eyewitnesses said three attackers with guns had used knives to slit the victims' throats". Police and members of the community are on the scene. "One knife was left behind", Balram said, speaking from the scene. One man's white robe was soaked in blood.

Police say the motive of the attack on the three men is now unknown.

The private emergency service was the first on the scene at the Imam Hussain mosque in Verulam.

If reports are to be believed, the mosque was also set on fire. Paramedics were called to the scene to attend to the critically injured men.




A section of the mosque was set ablaze and smoke was billowing from the side of the building, Balram said.

South Africa has not been a target for militant attacks of the kind that occur in some other African countries. Nothing was taken from the mosque or from the victims, that's why we're saying it doesn't look like a robbery.

"It was a sudden attack and at this point we don't have enough information. My neighbours on my right were Hindu, on my left were Christians and opposite me were Muslims", Shubnum Khan, a South African author and artist who writes frequently about Indian Muslim communities in her country, wrote in an op-ed for the Huffington Post previous year.

"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.

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