The Hawks have confirmed that the device that was found inside the mosque in Verulam, north of Durban KwaZulu-Natal is a bomb.
The device was attached to a cellphone. Worshippers who had gathered for evening prayers last night had to be evacuated.
KwaZulu-Natal Hawks spokesperson Simphiwe Mhlongo says experts will analyse what chemicals the bomb is made of.
Speaking on Sunrise (SAFM) the Director of the Terrorism Research and Analysis, Consortium Jasmine Opperman believes that what happened at Mosque has nothing to do with extremism.
The device was found Sunday night in the Mosque. The Reaction Unit South Africa evacuated several residences in the neighbourhood of the Mosque which is the same one that was attacked last week.
On Sunday evening the Workmen who were preparing the Mosque for evening prayers stumbled on the device.
This follows after few days where three men stormed the Mosque with knives, and slit the throat of Abbas Essop, leaving two others seriously wounded.
Opperman has described the Mosque incidents as interesting.
“We have not seen religious tensions leading to violent attacks and that makes this case so interesting or so concerning. If indeed it is the case, it would be unprecedented although I do not believe that there’s extremism involved in this specific attack,” said Opperman.
The director further said that this matter needs to be investigated, “We need to understand, we need to investigate but we need a comprehensive strategy in which social harmony is being supported.”
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The danger with live-tweeting this #MosqueBomb situation, is that if that device can be activated by making a call to the attached mobile phone – it’s giving the perp all the timing guidance he needs.
— Clive Simpkins ?? (@clivesimpkins) May 13, 2018
So a device resembling what appears to be a bomb has been found in a KwaZulu-Natal mosque that was attacked leaving one dead last week? #MosqueBomb
— Lindokuhle Simelane (@lindosimelane) May 13, 2018
BREAKING: Hawks have confirmed that the device that was found inside the mosque in Verulam, north of Durban KwaZulu-Natal is a bomb. The device was attached to a cellphone. Worshipers who had gathered for evening prayers last night had to be evacuated. #MosqueBomb #Verulammosque
— Lindokuhle Simelane (@lindosimelane) May 14, 2018