Religious Bodies Condemn attack on Verulam Mosque

JOHANNESBURG – Religious bodies have strongly condemned the attack on a mosque in Verulam in KwaZulu-Natal which left one person dead.

It is being reported that three men stormed the mosque on Thursday wearing half balaclavas, slitting the throat of a man believed to be the mosque’s imam. The man would later die in hospital.

Two other people are in hospital after being wounded in the attack.

There has been strong outcry from religious bodies have reacted to the attack on the mosque in Verulam, they have described the latest developments as a senseless horrific crime.

Deputy’sZev Krengel of the Jewish board said,  “There has to be a certain level of sanctity at any place of worship, whether it’s Muslim, Jewish or Christian or Hindu. Places of worship have to be respected.”

The United Ulimar Council of South Africa’s Yusuf Patel appealed for calm from the public whilst police investigate the case.

“We’ve requested that the Hawks be given the time and the space to do their work. We do no know who’s behind the attack.”

The attackers, set alight parts of the mosque before escaping the scene, no has been arrested.

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