South African mosque attacker had no link to extremism: police


CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – The person who killed two worshippers at a South African mosque last month was a psychiatric patient with no link to extremism, the elite police investigating unit Hawks said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Police tape cordons off a mosque after a knife attack in Malmesbury near Cape Town, South Africa, June 14, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo

Two worshippers were stabbed to death and two others injured during the early morning incident at a mosque in Malmesbury, a small farming town 40 miles (65 km) north of Cape Town.

The attacker was shot dead by police after charging at officers and not heeding calls to surrender.

“There is no connection with extremism or terrorist related activity in this case. It is an isolated case of a person who has serious…

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