Malmesbury mosque attacker suffered from bipolar psychosis

The chairperson of the Somali Community Board of South Africa, Amir Sheikh says a Somali man who attacked and killed two people in Malmesbury Masjied in Cape Town suffered from bipolar psychosis.

He explains that the man was a law abiding citizen and was on medication for his condition. He lived well with others and was a devoted Muslim, says Sheikh.

According to information he received from those close to the man, he was traveling through Malmesbury to Vredenburg and was given shelter at the place of worship.

He prayed with other worshipers before the fatal assault at 4am on Thursday morning. He was later shot and killed by police.

Read: Malmesbury mosque murderer had prayed with worshippers before fatal attack

The knowledge we have about him is that he was a law abiding person though he suffered from bipolar psychosis and was taking his medication.

Amir Sheikh, Chairman of Somali Community Board of South Africa

Most of the time he was someone who was all right and all bright, working and praying with fellow Somalis.

Amir Sheikh, Chairman of Somali Community Board of South Africa

There is no prior reports or confirmation from the community of any action he was involved in that jeopardise or threaten the lives of fellow Somalis.

Amir Sheikh, Chairman of Somali Community Board of South Africa

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