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Imam dead in S. Africa mosque attack, 2 others injured



Verulam, South Africa (AFP) – Assailants armed with rifles and knives struck a mosque outside the South African city of Durban on Thursday, stabbing an imam and seriously injuring two others, AFP said.

The three attackers escaped in a Hyundai car from the Imam Hussain Mosque in Verulam, on the edge of the eastern port city.

The police said the men entered the great mosque after noon prayer and stabbed three people. Police spokeswoman Nqobile Gwala said in a statement

"The motive of the attack on the three men is unknown at this time Verulam investigates Brandon in three cases for attempted murder. "

Paul Herbst, spokesman for the private IPSS medical service, told AFP that the imam" who had slashed his throat died a few minutes ago due to his injuries. "

There were three people in the mosque – a caretaker, a worshiper, and the imam, and they were held by three armed men, "Herbst said after visiting the scene.

"The priest was handcuffed and thrown on his knees and his throat was slashed, the other two men were also stabbed – one was stabbed in the abdomen and the other in the groin of his left leg.

" Before the attackers The mosquitoes were thrown into the mosque and set on fire

"The attackers managed to leave the mosque, the imam was in critical condition and was treated by medical officers at the scene of the crime and sent to the hospital

"Fire brigades were on the scene and put the fire under control."

– "Sudden attack" –

Prem Balram, spokesman for the South Africa security unit's security firm, said he Arrived in the mosque to find two bloodstained victims in the forecourt of the mosque.

He said a third victim had been attacked inside the building and was out of egg jumped in a window.

"Eyewitnesses said three riflemen with rifles used knives, a knife was left behind," Balram told AFP.

"There have been incidents in mosques, but not so when nothing seems."

South Africa has a history of relative religious tolerance. About 1.5 percent of the country's population is Muslim.

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins next week.

"It's the first time that anything like that happened in South Africa, let alone in KwaZulu-Natal Province," said Faizel Suliman, chairman of the SA Muslim Network, AFP.

"It was a sudden attack and at this point we do not have enough information, speculation about the motive is quite dangerous at this point." [19659021]
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