Police Minister Bheki Cele has conveyed condolences to the family and friends of a man who was murdered at the Imam Hussain Mosque in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal.
"One of the three has just died on his way to hospital". "Verulam police are investigating three counts of attempted murder and arson". He and a second victim are in a stable condition in hospital.
According to News24, at around 14:30 on Tuesday, the suspects arrived, parked their vehicle in a neighbour's driveway, and three men entered.
One Muslim leader said the mosque was targeted because it was a Shia place of worship that had received previous threats, exposing deep tension between the Shia and Sunni population.
She said the community put the attack down to local rather than global terrorism.
It is being reported that the attackers, who have fled, are three Egyptian nationals, however, it is yet to be officially confirmed. He shouted at me to let it go and I told him that I would let go when he unhanded me. Paramedics or doctors who can assist can report to the scene, ' RUSA said in an statement released today.More news: SpaceX launches its newest Falcon 9 rocket
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Local media cited an emergency responder, Reaction Unit South Africa, as saying three attackers slit people's throats and fled.
Witnesses at the scene claimed the men were Egyptian, and drove away in a Hyundai vehicle.
The Muslim Judicial Council has also strongly condemned Thursday's attack.
Parliament's portfolio committee on police called on police to prioritise the attack, according to TimesLive.
"A mosque is a religious institution, and South Africa's constitution guarantees and protects the right to religious practices", its chairman, Francois Beukman, said.
"This kind of attack on three innocent people is totally unjustified".