South African bishops condemn mosque attack that leaves one dead

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — South Africa’s bishops condemned an attack on a mosque near Durban in which a man was killed and another two injured.

Mechanic Abbas Mohamedelo Essop died after his throat was cut in the May 10 attack on the mosque in Verulam, about 20 miles north of Durban. Three men armed with guns and knives set the mosque alight.

“We strongly condemn this bloody and futile attack and call upon law enforcement agencies to work diligently to bring the perpetrators to justice,” Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town, president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said in a May 11 statement.

“Religious tolerance has long been a characteristic of South African society, and those who wish to wreak havoc, and set one faith community against another, must…

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