TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi strongly condemned a recent deadly attack on a Shiite mosque in South Africa and renewed calls for a more serious campaign against terrorism by all countries.
In a statement released on Friday, Qassemi offered his deep condolences to the South African people and government as well as the families of victims of “the horrible crime”.
He further called for an immediate investigation into the attack and punishment for all of those behind it.
“This action (attack) has been taken to create insecurity and foment religious strife and incitement,” he said.
“It is imperative for all countries around the world to remain vigilant and put the serious fight against extremism and Takfiri groups and eradication of terrorism on their agenda.”
Attackers entered a South African mosque after midday prayers on Thursday, stabbed three people, and set the building on fire before fleeing.
One person was killed after the mosque attack in the eastern town of Verulam, just north of the city of Durban, according to media reports.
"It is the first time anything like this has happened in South Africa, let alone in KwaZulu-Natal province," said Faizel Suliman, chairman of the SA Muslim Network.
Prem Balram, spokesman for the Reaction Unit South Africa security company, said he arrived at the mosque to find two victims covered in blood lying in the forecourt of the mosque.
He said a third victim was attacked inside the building and jumped out of a window when it was set alight.