Mosque attack in Cape Town leaves two dead

Blanche Robertson
June 15, 2018

The perpetrator is said to be Somalian but he was shot and killed by police just outside the the mosque, following the incident.

"Provincial detectives are now combing a crime scene for clues following the death of two people at a mosque in Malmesbury during the early hours of this morning‚" said police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut.

"My father is someone who is always in the mosque and he spent most of his time at the mosque", he said, adding that the attacker was short and wore a turban and flag around him.

South Africa's Muslim Judicial Council said it was "shocked to its core" by the attack in Malmesbury and that its president and his deputies were heading to the mosque.

"Malmesbury police were called out to a local mosque and found two people dead with stab wounds and several injured", Noliyoso Rwexana, Western Cape police spokesperson told AFP.

The attacker was later killed by police during a stand-off.

The investigation has been handed to the Directorate for Priority Crimes, also known as the Hawks.

Police officers approached the suspect, who refused to lay down his knife and charged at the officers.

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Three people including a police officer were injured.

"We do not have any further details as yet but we urge the community not to jump to any conclusions until clarity can be given", the council said. "He was shot and killed in the process", said Traut.

An investigator attends to the gates of the mosque after a knife-wielding assailant fatally stabbed two people.

The knifemen killed one person and seriously hurt two others during the rampage.

The suspect was a stranger who had asked for refuge, witnesses said.

Mumin Taaq said: "Enemies of Islam can only benefit from this".

Saud said the attacker couldn't speak English or Afrikaans, and that a Somali leader had to be called inside the mosque when he entered.

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