Public cautioned against jumping to conclusions over mosque attack

Police are investigating the KwaZulu Natal mosque attack in Verulam where three people had their throats slit.

Abbas Essop, the Imam (priest) who was visiting from Canada died from the vicious attack.

Foreign editor at Independent Media Shannon Ebrahim has cautioned the public against jumping to conclusions.

She says there are some people in the Muslim community who say this attack resembles an ISIS operation.

In South Africa there has never been a case where there has been an attack of this nature between Sunnis and Shias.

Shannon Ebrahim, Foreign Editor at Independent Media

It was clear that it was religiously motivated because it was the Imam and two others who were viciously stabbed, it was a bloody attack. And the library of the attack was petrol bombed.

Shannon Ebrahim, Foreign Editor at Independent Media

READ: Three people's throats slit during mosque attack in Verulam KZN

Meanwhile, executive director of the Afro-Middle East Centre, Naeem Jeenah, says it's too early to talk about ISIS.

He says all this is feeding into fear mongering because there is no information about the people who carried out the attack.

There was some accusation that it was Egyptians; someone else said it was Iranians; South Africans...there is no indication of what their motive might have been.

Naeem Jeenah, Afro-Middle East Centre

All this kind of talk is really speculative and a bit irresponsible.

Naeem Jeenah, Afro-Middle East Centre

ISIS is group that has been designated a terrorist organisation by the United Nations. They are widely known for sharing videos of beheadings and other types of executions.

Listen to why Jeenah cautions against the ISIS narrative...


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