Imam dead in South Africa mosque attack, two others injured

Emergency services attend to the three injured victims

Emergency services attend to the three injured victims

A mosque in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, has been attacked by a group of men on 10 May 2018. Both victims were in hospital in critical condition.

The deceased is the mosque's Moulana whose throat was slit.

He said "multiple patients have been stabbed" and the mosque had been set alight.

Police Captain Nqobile Gwala in KwaZulu-Natal province said investigators are looking at three counts of attempted murder and arson. "The motive of the attack on the three men is unknown at this stageā€š" said Gwala. "Upon assessing the crime scene it was found that there was an element of extremism to it", said Simphiwe Mhlongo, a spokesman for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, known popularly as the "Hawks".

Only around 3 percent of South Africa's population is estimated to practice Islam, and the majority of the country's Muslims live in the capital of Cape Town. "He was treated by paramedics on the scene and transferred [to a hospital]".

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He said a third victim had been attacked inside the building and had jumped out of a window when it was set alight.

Speaking further, the representative noted that there had already been theft and robbery incidents at the mosque before. "It was a sudden attack and at this point we don't have enough information".

Faisal Suleman, chairperson of the South African Muslim Network, told Al Jazeera his organisation would not want to speculate on a motive given it was still not clear.

Sayed said many Muslims in South Africa deny the fact that there is intra-faith intolerance in the community.

Parliament's portfolio committee on police called on police to prioritise the attack, according to TimesLive.

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