Bomb found at Verulam mosque could be sign of 'feud', says terrorism expert

The Hawks have confirmed that the device found inside a mosque in Verulam, KZN on Sunday was indeed a bomb.

Authorities were again called to the Imam Husain mosque, after worshippers discovered a white capsule connected via two cables to a cellphone.

This occured just hours after Police Minister Bheki Cele visited the mosque in the aftermath of Thursday's deadly attack.

Last week Thursday, unknown knife-wielding men entered the place of worship, stabbing three people. One man succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

Read: Public cautioned against jumping to conclusions over mosque attack

Terrorism expert Jasmine Opperman has warned against premature and alarmist conclusions surrounding the case.

According to Opperman, the improvised explosive device (IED) could be an indication of some kind of feud.

She says the events at the mosque can't be linked to terrorism, until information about the perpetrators and their possible link to extremist groups is confirmed.

Until we know who the perpetrators are, and their possible association with extremist groups.... we must be very careful in jumping to conclusions about terrorism.

Jasmine Opperman, Director at Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (Trac)

What is happening at that mosque? Clearly there are deep grudges.

Jasmine Opperman, Director at Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (Trac)

An improvised explosive device (IED) is a serious matter of concern. Using one to kill a person indicates the intensities of a feud.

Jasmine Opperman, Director at Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (Trac)

We need to know what's going on at that mosque, we need to understand what's the development within the community, and what has given way to this.

Jasmine Opperman, Director at Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (Trac)

Take a listen to Jasmine Opperman's opinion and analysis:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Somali shops looted in Vosloorus, several suspects arrested

Somali shops looted in Vosloorus, several suspects arrested

Gauteng police spokesperson confirmed that several people were arrested for robbing Somali owned shops.

SAHR to investigate further racism claims at SuperSport after Willemse case

SAHR to investigate further racism claims at SuperSport after Willemse case

SAHRC's Buang Jones says it will probe other allegations of racism at SuperSport in order to take appropriate action.

[LISTEN] Was the Verulam attack a terror attack?

[LISTEN] Was the Verulam attack a terror attack?

There is a lot of speculation surrounding an attack on three men at a mosque in Verulam on Thursday.

Muslim Judicial Council calls for calm after KZN Mosque attack

Muslim Judicial Council calls for calm after KZN Mosque attack

MJC's Shaykh Isgaak Taliep says it is imperative no witch hunts are conducted after one killed and two critically injured.

Public cautioned against jumping to conclusions over mosque attack

Public cautioned against jumping to conclusions over mosque attack

Foreign editor at Independent Media, Shannon Ebrahim, says the Muslim communities have been living peacefully for years in SA.

Three people's throats slit during mosque attack in Verulam KZN

Three people's throats slit during mosque attack in Verulam KZN

Reaction Unit SA says it was called out to the mosque on Old Main Road on Thursday afternoon when the attack happened.

Popular articles
What happens to our bodies if we cut out sugar

What happens to our bodies if we cut out sugar

Naked Scientist Chris Smith explains.

[WATCH] SANDF members hilariously mess up a supposedly easy practice run

[WATCH] SANDF members hilariously mess up a supposedly easy practice run

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

‘We’d be crazy to copy! Sometimes we get it wrong. There's no culture problem'

‘We’d be crazy to copy! Sometimes we get it wrong. There's no culture problem'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Ian Moir, CEO at Woolworths.

[VIDEO] Muizenberg pedestrian attacked in broad daylight

[VIDEO] Muizenberg pedestrian attacked in broad daylight

A woman was attacked on her way to work earlier this month.

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

DStv subscription price hikes for 2019

MultiChoice will increase the prices of certain DStv packages from 1 April.

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

Criminals targeting homes with aluminium windows, warns neighborhood watch

The Panorama, Welgelegen and Plattekloof Neighbourhood Watch has identified a new house break-in trend.