In a case that seemed to be a reoccurring one, three people dead and more injured in a mosque attack in South Africa’s Western Cape province.
Two people were stabbed to death by the attacker in the earlier hours of Thursday while they were praying in Malmesbury, about 43 miles from Cape Town, the South African Police Service said.
After the suspect was shot after the attack, Hawks, an elite law-enforcement unit have taken over the case for the further investigation.
Naija News gathered that One man dead and two in a serious condition followed an assault by three men on a mosque last month in Durban, South Africa’s third-biggest city.
While Africa’s most industrialised economy had long struggled with violent crime, attacks motivated by religion are relatively unusual.
“This should be taken very seriously, but our sense is it’s domestic in origin — no organization is doing this,” Frans Cronje, chief executive officer of the South African Institute of Race Relations, said by phone.
“It may be that a handful of scholars have been able to take advantage of those in tough economic circumstances.”
The attack came at the end of Ramadan. Eid-al-Fitr., the Islamic religious holiday that follows the month of fasting, may start as soon as Friday.
“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 urge the community not to jump to any conclusions until clarity can be given.”
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