Three people armed with guns and knives attacked worshippers, slitting the throats of three people before fleeing, an emergency service official said today.
First responders said two of the injured worshippers were in a “critical” state.
Prem Balram, a spokesman for Reaction Unit SA (Rusa), said: “One of the three has just died on his way to hospital. The other two are in critical condition.”
The imam of the Shia mosque is believed to have been targeted in the attack.
Durban attack: A bloodied knife outside a mosque following a deadly attack
Mr Balram said the motive for the horrifying attack was not yet clear.
A shocking video taken in the aftermath of the attack shows victims surrounded by blood.
Could this be the terrorist attack that the UK warned South Africa about earlier this year?
This country has no history of terrorist attacks, suddenly this happened? Really shocking in South Africa #VerulamMosqueAttack #Verulam #MosqueAttack @DIRCO_ZA pic.twitter.com/xt05ruSA52
— Aqsa Ali Aveíro (@_Aqsa_A_) May 10, 2018
And photos show bloodied knives lying on the ground outside the mosque.
Rusa said in a statement: “The suspects have fled in a white Hyundai Getz.”
The attack took place in the town of Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, around 15 miles from the city of Durban.
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