Johannesburg: A mosque in Durban was set ablaze on Monday, in the latest assault on an Islamic building in South Africa, a Muslim leader has said. Images of the charred mosque, located in the suburb of Effingham, showed forensics officers on site and community members inspecting the damage.
The attack happened in the early hours of the morning at around 1:30 a.m. (2330 GMT),” Islamic elder Mohammed Tariq told AFP, adding that no-one was injured because of the early hour.
“The mosque itself has been burnt extremely badly and emergency personnel have been on the scene. A case of arson has been opened,” he said. Police could not be reached for comment. The attack comes amid tensions between Muslim factions in S Africa, a country that prides itself on its religious tolerance.