One killed, two seriously injured in S. Africa mosque attack

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"The South African Jewish Board of Deputies condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack in a mosque in KwaZulu-Natal", Krengel said.

'They were in a critical condition and bleeding profusely, ' he said.

"The imam, who had his throat slit, has passed away a few minutes ago due to his injuries", said Paul Herbst, spokesman for the private IPSS medical rescue service. "They further set certain rooms alight and fled in their getaway vehicle", she said.

Religious leaders said that this was the first time this particular mosque was attacked.

Iqbal Jassat of Media Review Network, the Muslim advocacy group, said they are " shocked and outraged by the violent attack which displayed utter disregard for the sanctity of life and the sacredness of the mosque. No suspects have been arrested yet over Thursday's attack by three men armed with guns and knives in which two worshippers were also injured.

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Religious bodies have reacted to the attack on the mosque in Verulam, describing the latest developments as a senseless horrific crime. About 1.5 percent of the country's population is Muslim. He said paramedics were busy attending to all three victims. "There have been theft and robbery incidents at mosques before, but not like this, when nothing appears to have been taken".

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The Democratic Alliance also condemned the attack.

Sayed said many Muslims in South Africa deny the fact that there is intra-faith intolerance in the community. "We want our communities to live in harmony, practicing their religions without fear".

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