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3 critically hurt in attack on South Africa mosque ahead of Ramadan

11 May 2018, 01:09 | Myrtle Vega

Emergency services attend to the three injured victims

Emergency services attend to the three injured victims

The three attackers slit people's throats, said an emergency responder, Reaction Unit South Africa.

"The fire department is now on the scene clearing up, the fire been extinguished", he said.

Shaykh Isgaak Taliep, secretary general of the Muslim Judicial Council, called the attack on the mosque a "senseless crime" against three innocent individuals. This kind of attack on three innocent people is totally unjustified.

More details are awaited.

"One of the three has just died on his way to hospital".

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According to an eyewitness, the incident occurred on Thursday in the city of Durban, as three hoodlums were said to have slit the throats of three worshipers.

'They were in a critical condition and bleeding profusely, ' he said. The fire department is also on scene.

He said a third victim had been attacked inside the building, which was then set alight, and had jumped up of a window. "One knife was left behind", Balram told AFP.

Speaking further, the representative noted that there had already been theft and robbery incidents at the mosque before.

Private security company Reaction Unit South Africa said the attack took place at the Imam Hussain Mosque in Ottawa‚ Verulam‚ north of Durban‚ shortly after 2.30pm. About 1.5 percent of the country's population is Muslim. "We want our communities to live in harmony‚ practising their religions without fear‚" he said.

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