Muslim community condemns attack at Durban mosque

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The chairperson of the Imam Hussein mosque in Verulam, north of Durban, Azad Seedat, has made an impassioned appeal to the community to come forward with any information following an attack on the mosque earlier Thursday.

One person died and two others are fighting for their lives after three Egyptian Nationals attacked people with knives and set fire to the mosque on Old Main Road in Ottawa.

Police have launched a manhunt for the suspects.

Seedat says, “I am making an urgent appeal to those parents, brothers and sisters who know of these guys that came to the mosque. There were three local guys that came to this mosque and carried out these attacks. It was a white Hyundai Gets car with no number plates on. The parents, neighbours, whoever knows of the car please contact the police with information because these guys are not going to stop with us. They believe that 90 per cent of Muslims are unbelievers. So we are just the beginning, they will attack the other Muslims also.”

Meanwhile, various Muslim Organisations in the country are calling for calm in the community following the brutal attack of three worshippers at a mosque.

No one has been arrested.

Secretary-General of the United Ulama Council of South Africa, Yusuf Patel, says people should not panic adding that they should rather let the police conduct their investigations.

“We condemn the senseless killing of individuals and the desecration of the place of worship.  At this stage we do not know the motive behind the violence but it would be grossly irresponsible to assume that this is some kind of sectarian violence within the community.  Many people natural assume that this is some kind of sectarian violence and that is going to spiral out of control.   Until we don’t know the cause and the reason behind what has happened, we should not create undue panic.  We appeal to people not to take the law into their own hands and let the process unfold legally.”

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