Two worshippers killed in knife attack at a mosque in South Africa

Elias Hubbard
June 14, 2018

"We can confirm that two people have been killed whilst in I'tikaaf and another regular musallee of the Masjied injured".

Two worshippers were stabbed to death and two others were wounded during the attack on Thursday morning.

Police said that incident showed "elements of extremism" but did not otherwise comment on the motive behind the attack in Malmesbury, a small farming town 40 miles north of Cape Town.

"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.

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

Police say the suspect charged at officers who were persuading him to hand himself over. "He was shot and killed in the process", said Traut.

The Democratic Alliance, an opposition party that runs Western Cape province, condemned the attack and said South Africans have the right to religious freedom.

Former Elsies River Community Policing Forum chairperson Imran Mukadam said his cousin Ismail Bassa was sleeping inside the mosque when the assailant attacked him along with two other people.

He said the Independent Police Investigative Directorate will investigate the death of the suspect.

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

The knifemen killed one person and seriously hurt two others during the rampage.

"My father is someone who is always in the mosque and he spent most of his time at the mosque", he said, adding that the attacker was short and wore a turban and flag around him.

"There was an old man and he tried to cut the old man's head off and the man died. Islam in SA has been here for 300 years‚ and we've never had this kind of situation where we attack each other‚ especially in the mosque, and not on the basis of politically and religiously inspired agendas that have nothing to do with us".

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