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Police hunt for Open Mosque arson attackers

The police say they are investigating but no one was injured and no arrests have been made yet.

FILE: A small group of opponents threatened to block the entrance before the Open Mosque's first prayer meeting on 19 September 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The police are still trying to track down those responsible for firebombing the front of the Open Mosque in Cape Town.

Damage running into thousands of rand was caused.

The mosque has been widely criticised for its alternative views on the Muslim religion.

Women are allowed to attend prayers with men and the doors are also open to people of other faiths.

No one was injured in the blaze

The police's Andre Traut said, "We are investigating and no one was injured and no arrests have been made yet."

Meanwhile, the mosque says it will not close its doors and will continue operating despite the arson attack.

Founder Taj Hargey says the attacks will not affect their preparations for Eid today.

"We have extra help who are working around the clock so the mosque should be ready by the time Eid prayers begin."

Hargey says his establishment adheres to the tenets of Islam and the South African constitution.

"This will be a historic day for Cape Town Muslim women because it will be the first day they will be able to enter in the same door as men."