One person has died after three men had their throats slit at the Old Main Road mosque in Verulam, north of Durban, on Thursday afternoon.
Video footage posted on social media showed paramedics attending to three bleeding men and police giving chase after suspects
The KwaZulu-Natal South African Police Service (SAPS)’s Col Thembeka Mbhele confirmed the incident.
The Reaction Unit SA emergency service says the three are fighting for their lives after an attack by three Indian male suspects.
On arrival at the Imam Hussain Mosque, they found two victims bleeding profusely and the mosque on fire.
A third victim was found inside the building bleeding from a wound to his throat. A knife was reportedly lying next to him.
Reaction Unit SA said witnesses told them three men armed with knives and guns had attacked the mosque, attacking the victims, and setting the building alight.
The suspects, who were wearing half balaclavas, fled in a white Hyundai vehicle with no registration plates, the unit said.
The Ethekweni Fire Department was on the scene.
The SAPS says the motive for the attack is still unknown.
The police are calling on the public to come forward with any relevant information that can help them with their investigation by calling the Crime Stop number at 8600 10111.