Hawks confirm bomb found at Verulam mosque

Investigations have been underway since the attack on the Imam Hussain Mosque last week by knife-wielding men, which left a worshiper dead and two others injured.

Forensic investigators at the Imam Hussain Mosque near Verulam following an attack on the complex. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks have confirmed that the device found in a mosque in Verulam in KwaZulu-Natal was indeed a bomb.

Investigations have been underway since the attack on the Imam Hussain Mosque last week by knife-wielding men, which left a worshiper dead and two others injured.

Police were alerted to a bomb inside the mosque on Sunday, night just hours after Police Minister Bheki Cele visited the area.

It’s that understood worshipers found a white capsule with two wires connected to a cellphone, after concluding their evening prayers.

The Hawks’ Simphiwe Mhlongo told eNCA that he was part of a meeting on Monday morning with the explosives unit and confirmed that the device is an explosive.

Mhlongo says they’re still analysing it.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)