You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Two stabbed to death in South Africa mosque, assailant killed

AFP  |  Cape Town 

A man stabbed to death two people in an attack at a mosque in today, before being shot dead by police, police said.

Several people were also wounded in the attack in the town of near the southwestern city of

"police were called out to a local mosque and found two people dead with stab wounds and several injured," Noliyoso Rwexana, for the Western Cape police, told AFP.

"The suspect believed to be in his thirties and armed with a knife charged at the police who tried to persuade him to hand himself over.

"He ignored the calls and tried to attack police. He was shot dead." Rwexana said police are now "combing the scene for clues".

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

It comes a month after a similar attack at a Shiite mosque in the town of Verulam, on the outskirts of the eastern port city of

Three unidentified assailants killed one man by slitting his throat and injured two others after midday prayers at the mosque.

Police are still searching for the attackers.

The motive was not clear, but police said it had "elements of extremism".

The attack appeared to be unprecedented in South Africa, where about 1.5 per cent of the country's 55-million population is Muslim.

The country prides itself on religious tolerance and has little record of related to religion.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 12:45 IST