Security company Reaction Unit South Africa says one of the victims in an attack of a mosque in Verulam in KwaZulu-Natal has died in hospital.
Attackers entered a South African mosque after midday prayers, stabbed three people, and set the building on fire before fleeing, Al Jazeera reported.
Three people have been left with serious injuries following an attack at the Imam Hussain Mosque in Ottawa, Verulam.
Witnesses at the scene claimed the men were Egyptian, and drove away in a Hyundai auto. Paramedics were called to the scene to attend to the critically injured men. The other two are in critical condition, ' said Prem Balram, a spokesman for Reaction Unit SA (RUSA) who was first on the scene.
While he can not confirm this, the Director of Reaction Unit SA Prem Balram says a group of witnesses believe the incident may have been a terrorist attack.
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He said a third victim was attacked inside the building and 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.
The Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa "vehemently condemned" the attack on the mosque.
About 1.5 percent of the country's 55 million population is Muslim. "We want our communities to live in harmony‚ practising their religions without fear‚" he said.