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Shaykh Isgaak Taliep, Secretary-General of the Muslim Judicial Council, called the attack on the mosque a "senseless crime" against three innocent individuals.

Muslims make up about 1.9 percent of South Africa's 55 million population, with most following the Sunni Muslim denomination.

Police, firefighters and several private security companies are on the scene, according to IPSS Medical Rescue's representative Paul Herbst.

The attack on a mosque in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, should not be assumed to be part of sectarian violence. Police said they found a knife at the scene.

Police are now looking for the suspects in the Verulam mosque attack, who are believed to have guns in addition to their knives. He said paramedics were busy attending to all three victims. "One knife was left behind", Balram said.

Speaking further, the representative noted that there had already been theft and robbery incidents at the mosque before.

The attack came shortly ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which begins around May 16.

"It is the first time anything like this has happened in South Africa, let alone in KwaZulu-Natal province", said Faizel Suliman, chairman of the SA Muslim Network.

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The country's parliament also released a statement condemning the violence.

"A mosque is a religious institution and South Africa's Constitution guarantees and protects the right to religious practices", said Chairperson of the committee Francois Beukman.

Police investigators collect evidence at a mosque where three men were attacked in Ottawa, South Africa, May 10, 2018.