Two killed in knife attack at South Africa mosque

Lester Mason
June 15, 2018

The leader of Cape Town's Muslims appealed for calm on Thursday after a Somalian killed two men during night prayers at Malmesbury mosque.

Saud said that when the police approached the attacker, he tried to stab the van.

"Malmesbury police were called out to a local mosque and found two people stabbed to death and several injured", Police said in a statement.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut, a provincial police spokesperson, police forces in Malmesbury were called out to the mosque in the early hours of the morning.

It comes a month after a similar attack at a Shia mosque in the town of Verulam, on the outskirts of the eastern port city of Durban.

The investigation has been handed to the Directorate for Priority Crimes, also known as the Hawks. The perpetrator is said to be Somalian but he was shot and killed by police just outside the the mosque, following the incident. "Other people went to the Swartland hospital", said Durant from the scene.

Last month, a mosque in KwaZulu-Natal was attacked in which an imam had his throat slit and two others were viciously stabbed.

"The Muslim Judicial Council is shocked to its core to learn of a brutal attack in Malmesbury", the religious body said on its Facebook page.

"We do not have any further details as yet but we urge the community not to jump to any conclusions until clarity can be given", the MJC said.

The assailants in that attack, who also set off a petrol bomb inside the mosque, escaped in a vehicle and remain at large.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

Saud said the attacker was not drunk, but did seem "out of it" and he had a long knife.

"It's way too soon to speculate as to a possible motive - or link with any other incident in the country", he told the eNCA broadcaster.

Neighbouring Mozambique has been rocked by a wave of attacks blamed on terrorists in recent months.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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