Three injured in knife attack in South Africa mosque

11 May, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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The imam of the Shia mosque is believed to have been targeted in the attack.

A section of the mosque was set ablaze, according to several media reports.

More details are awaited.

"As per reports from scene‚ three males entered the mosque shouting‚ screaming‚ [and] just started stabbing people‚ threw some sort of device or petrol bomb into the mosque and ran away‚" he said.

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'They were in a critical condition and bleeding profusely, ' he said. Last year, a mosque in Cape Town was covered in pig's blood in what officials claimed was an Islamophobic attack.

Rusa head Prem Balram said, when he arrived on the scene, he found two people outside with their throats slit.

"Fire services were on scene and put the blaze under control".

It has been suggested the three attackers are Egyptian nationals and that one of the victims who had their throat slit was the imam, reportsNews 24.

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He said a third victim had been attacked inside the building, which was then set alight, and had jumped out of a window. About 1.5 percent of the country's population is Muslim.

Mr Balram said the motive for the horrifying attack was not yet clear.

"There have been theft and robbery incidents at mosques before, but not like this when nothing appears to have been taken".

Social activist Yusuf Abramjee said he had seen information being circulated online that the attacked mosque belonged to the Shia sect.

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