Killer was a sick men­tal pa­tient

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - News - NADINE FORD-KRITZINGER nadinef@the­newage.co.za

THE So­ma­lian who stabbed two peo­ple to death at a mosque in Malmes­bury yes­ter­day morn­ing be­fore he was fa­tally shot by po­lice, was a sick men­tal pa­tient who had been ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal twice be­fore.

He at­tacked and killed two peo­ple and in­jured two oth­ers just hours be­fore mil­lions of South African Mus­lims were about to cel­e­brate Eid al-Fitr.

The So­ma­lian em­bassy in Pre­to­ria yes­ter­day con­firmed that the killer was a So­ma­lian citizen and men­tal pa­tient who did not be­long to any ide­o­log­i­cal group.

He was wait­ing to be sent back home due to his ill­ness.

Spokesper­son Shaykh Halane said: “The per­son who at­tacked the musal­lis in Malmes­bury mosque, was sick and had been dis­charged from the men­tal hos­pi­tal twice.”

He has been iden­ti­fied as Noor Ab­dulle.

The So­ma­lian at­tacked the four peo­ple at a mosque yes­ter­day morn­ing. He stabbed and killed the son-in-law of a Mus­lim leader, Shaykh Taliep Solomon (ra), Buta Basa and an uniden­ti­fied So­ma­lian who was at the Masjid. He also stabbed an­other Mus­lim leader, Shaykh Ah­mad Al­lie, who is sit­ting for Itekaaf and Buta Basa’s son.

He then at­tacked the po­lice who re­acted and shot him dead.

Mus­lim priest Ab­dul Khaliq Al­lie said: “The So­ma­lian who is un­known to the com­mu­nity, acted strangely and ar­rived af­ter peo­ple had com­pleted the night Ibaadah (prayer).”

Po­lice con­firmed the in­ci­dent and said the in­ci­dent would be investigated by the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Di­rec­torate (Ipid).

The Western Cape provin­cial po­lice spokesper­son, Capt FC Van Wyk, said: “De­tec­tives combed the crime scene for clues fol­low­ing the death of two peo­ple at a mosque in Malmes­bury dur­ing the early hours of this morn­ing.

“The sus­pect, be­lieved to be in his 30s and armed with a knife was still on the scene and charged at the po­lice who tried to per­suade him to hand him­self over.

“He ig­nored the call and tried to at­tack the po­lice but was shot and killed. His death will be investigated by Ipid.”

Ipid said it was go­ing to in­ves­ti­gate a death as a re­sult of po­lice ac­tion in line with Sec­tion 28 of the Ipid Act in Malmes­bury fol­low­ing the shoot­ing of a sus­pect who killed two wor­ship­pers and in­jured two oth­ers at a mosque.

The Mus­lim Ju­di­cial Coun­cil (MJC) pres­i­dent and deputies who vis­ited the mosque yes­ter­day ex­pressed their shock at the in­ci­dent dur­ing the fi­nal days of Ra­madan.

“The MJC is shocked to its core to learn of a bru­tal at­tack on the Malmes­bury Masjied in Cape Town in the early hours of yes­ter­day morn­ing,” the MJC said.

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

VUL­NER­A­BLE: The So­ma­lian men­tal pa­tient who stabbed two peo­ple to death at a mosque was shot and killed when he at­tacked po­lice.

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