1 killed, 2 badly wounded in South Africa mosque attack

JOHANNESBURG — Attackers entered a South African mosque after midday prayers, stabbed three people and set the place on fire before fleeing, police said Thursday, as people expressed shock at the kind of attack rarely seen in this country. One victim later died, police said.

“The motive of the attack on the three men is unknown at this stage,” Capt. Nqobile Gwala with police in KwaZulu-Natal province told The Associated Press in an email.

The three attackers slit people’s throats, said an emergency responder, Reaction Unit South Africa. Police said they found a knife at the scene. Images from outside the mosque showed bloodied men on the ground receiving medical care.

The other victims were in critical condition after the attack in the eastern town of Verulam, just north of the city of…

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