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Attempted Terrorist Attack Fails To Shutdown Durban North Mosque

“The guard promptly alerted mosque management, who contacted police for further investigation. The package contained a bomb and approximately 40 meters of detonation cable.”

The Musjidur Rahman in Durban North will remain open following an alleged attempted terrorist attack earlier this week.

Mosque leadership has firmly stated that this act will not deter the Muslim community from practising their faith or engaging in dialogue with other faiths.

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“The mosque remains open, welcoming visitors as usual,” added Musjidur Rahman trustee, Yusuf Desai.

It is alleged that suspects planted two homemade bombs at the mosque, situated at 131 Kenneth Kaunda Road.

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Desai explained that a security guard noticed a vehicle entering the mosque’s driveway. “A man alighted from the passenger side of the vehicle and placed an object into the shrubs near the mosque entrance. He saw a security guard approaching and got back into the vehicle and fled,” Desai said.

“The guard promptly alerted mosque management, who contacted police for further investigation. The package contained a bomb and approximately 40 meters of detonation cable.”

Provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Jay Naicker, confirmed that South African Police Service (SAPS) bomb technicians assessed the package and identified it as home-made explosive devices consisting of commercial explosives. The matter is under investigation.

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Yusuf Desai highlighted that despite initial opposition to the mosque’s establishment, it has since become a symbol of community support. The mosque provides various services, such as open day programs, social cohesion initiatives, and humanitarian aid during crises like the 2021 looting and water shortages.

“The Muslim community’s contributions to Durban North’s economy and social fabric have significantly mitigated earlier misunderstandings and stereotypes,” he said. “This attempted act of terrorism therefore underscores a grave concern for the Durban North community.”

Desai also mentioned that the mosque has heightened security measures. He urged anyone with information on or motives behind the bombing attempt, or who may have been in the vicinity during the incident, to contact law enforcement or the mosque directly.

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Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo for SurgeZirc SA
Parusha Naidoo is a skilled journalist who writes local and world news for SurgeZirc South Africa. With a passion for delivering accurate and reliable information, Parusha has become a trusted voice in the news industry. With years of experience in the field, Parusha has developed a keen eye for identifying important stories and presenting them in a clear and concise manner.
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