Imam confirmed dead in South Africa mosque attack

Three men armed with guns and knives slit the throats of three worshippers at South Africa mosque

JOHANNESBURG:  Attackers armed with guns and knives struck a mosque outside the South African city of Durban on Thursday, stabbing to death a priest and seriously injuring two others, medical services told AFP.

“The imam, who had his throat slit, has passed away a few minutes ago due to his injuries,” Paul Herbst, spokesman for the private IPSS medical rescue service, told AFP.

“One of the three has just died on his way to hospital. The other two are in critical condition,” said Prem Balram, who was among the first on the scene.

The motive of the attack was not clear but the three suspects, who fled in a white car, had been identified as Egyptian, he added.

“The suspects were Egyptian males. The local people here identified them,” Balram said.

A section of the mosque was set ablaze and smoke was billowing from the side of the building, Balram said. One of the attack victims jumped from a side window of the smoking building.

Police were unavailable to comment.

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