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By Faizel Patel

Senior Digital Journalist


Explosive devices found at Durban mosque

The trustees of the mosque where explosive devices were found have labelled the incident an “attempted act of terrorism”.


The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa (Jusa) − Council of Muslim Theologians of South Africa raised concerns after explosive devices were thrown onto the property of a mosque in Durban.

Although it is not yet known what the explosive devices were meant for, Jusa said it smacks of “hate and Islamophobia with the intention of causing harm”.

On Tuesday, two homemade explosive devices were found at Musjidur Rahman, Durban, North. There are suspicions among the community that it is related to the opposition to the establishment of a religious place of worship in the area. However, KZN police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said the suspects threw the devices onto the premises of the mosque while fleeing from a security vehicle patrolling the area.

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Investigations

Police are investigating a case of illegal possession of explosives and have launched a manhunt for the suspects.

Jusa has appealed to help relevant law-enforcement agencies in their investigations so that the “culprits” are apprehended and successfully prosecuted.

“Undesirable and thuggish elements that have no respect for life and the sanctity of places of worship, should never be given either cover or protection against the law under any circumstances.”

Jusa has also reiterated its appeal to all communities to affirm the preservation of the sanctity of places of worship.

“Mosques are such sacred places and sanctuaries for members of respective communities, for retreat and accord. Together, with their surroundings, such sanctuaries should be kept as protected zones that remain safe at all times.”

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