South African police kill man after fatal mosque attack

Source: Associated Press

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man fatally stabbed two people on Thursday and wounded several others at a mosque near Cape Town before police shot and killed the attacker, authorities said.

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The assailant, believed to be in his thirties, charged police who had tried to persuade him to surrender after the attack in Malmesbury in Western Cape province, police said.

“He ignored the calls and tried to attack police. He was shot and killed in the process,” said a statement from police, who did not immediately comment on a possible motive for the attack.

A man said his father had been sleeping in the Malmesbury mosque when he was killed just ahead of the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

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