Western Cape mosque attacker had no link to extremism


The person who killed two worshippers at a South African mosque last month was a psychiatric patient with no link to extremism, elite police investigating unit Hawks said.

Two worshippers were stabbed to death and two others injured during the early morning incident at a mosque in Malmesbury, a farming town north of Cape Town.

The attacker was shot and killed by police after charging at officers and not heeding calls to surrender.
“There is no connection with extremism or terrorist related activity in this case. It is an isolated case of a person who has serious psychological issues,” said spokesman, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, adding the attacker was an outpatient at a psychiatric hospital.

The Malmesbury incident came a month after three men armed with guns and knives slit the throats of three worshippers at a mosque north of the east coast port city of Durban, killing one person and seriously injuring two others.