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)

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