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Gunmen Strike South African Mosque, 3 Feared Dead

Gunmen Strike South African Mosque, 3 Feared Dead”

One victim later died, police said.

The remaining two victims are still in a critical condition.

South African police said the motive of the attack at a mosque on the Old Main Road in Ottawa the KwaZulu-Natal province was unknown and they were investigating.

The imam of the Shia mosque is believed to have been targeted in the attack.

A group of men allegedly stormed the mosque on Thursday afternoon, slitting the throat of at least one person.

"The imam, who had his throat slit, has passed away a few minutes ago due to his injuries", Paul Herbst, spokesman for the private IPSS medical rescue service, told AFP.

Taliep said the council called on the police and other government structures to ensure the necessary criminal investigations are done so "the perpetrators and criminals can be brought to book and face the full might of the law".

Religious leaders said that this was the first time this particular mosque was attacked. Last year, a mosque in Cape Town was covered in pig's blood in what officials claimed was an Islamophobic attack.

He said a third victim was attacked inside the building and jumped out of a window when it was set alight. "The other two are in critical condition", said Balram, adding that the suspects fled in a white vehicle.

Speaking further, the representative noted that there had already been theft and robbery incidents at the mosque before. About 1.5% of the country's population is Muslim.



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