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DEVELOPING: Malmesbury mosque attack: Would’ve been ‘unthinkable’ to turn shelter-seeking attacker away

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WATCH: No link established between Malmesbury and Verulam mosque attacks yet – Sitole


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According to the Associated Press, the Democratic Alliance has condemned the attack and said South Africans have the right to religious freedom.

“An attack on people while they worship is a direct attack on the Constitution and the freedoms we enjoy in this country,” the DA said.


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STATEMENT: South African Jewish Board of Deputies on behalf of the Cape Jewish community

“The Cape SA Jewish Board of Deputies and Jewish community condemn the heinous act of violence that took place in the Malmesbury mosque this morning. There can be no justification whatsoever for the loss of life at a place of worship, in this manner. We pray for the two victims and their families, and call on all communities to redouble efforts to defeat the evils of hate for good. Mosques, churches, temples, synagogues and all places of worship are sacrosanct and must be places of safety.”


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Ebrahim Rasool said that President Cyril Ramaphosa “expresses condolences to the families and the community”, according to AFP.

“(He) expresses his concern about this plague that is infiltrating the Muslim community of intolerance, killing and real conflict,” said Rasool.


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My husband was ‘murdered, slaughtered’

Zainab Bassa, the wife of 72-year-old Ismail Bassa who was killed in the attack, told AFP that her husband of more than 30 years was “slaughtered” as he prayed.

“My husband talked to everybody, he loved kids, it’s a great loss for me, as well as for the community, to pass away in a masjid, murdered, slaughtered,” said the 59-year-old Bassa.

“That was his second house – you would always find him in the mosque. He left last night and said ‘I’m going now, I’ll buy you another Eid dress’.”

Two other people were wounded and are being treated in hospital.


WATCH – Malmesburg attack: MJC says they have a good relationship with the Somalian community

 


Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut confirms, two worshippers killed, as well as the suspect. Two people were injured in the attack. The investigation has been handed over to the Hawks.

The second victim is also believed to be a Somalian national.



The body of the man alleged to be the attacker who killed two worshippers in a Malmesbury mosque, lying in a field after being shot by police. (Rodger Bosch/AFP)

‘We tried to help our dad’ – brothers explain how they tried to save father from Malmesbury mosque attacker

The sons of Ismail Bassa, 74, who was killed in a mosque attack in Malmesbury on Thursday morning, have told News24 of how they tried to fight off his attacker.

Suad Bassa, 30, said his brother, Faizel, 24 was also injured in the attack.

Suad said his father was attacked during the early hours, while he was sleeping in the mosque.

His father was in the mosque for Itikaaf – an Islamic practice where men retreat to the mosque to live and pray for the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan.

Thursday was expected to be the last day of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting.

Two people were killed in the attack at the Malmesbury mosque at about 03:00.

When News24 arrived, the Bassa home was crowded as people also took shelter from the rain.


The bomb squad was checking for any explosive devices, but it now seems they have given the all-clear. Forensic workers in blue scrubs are now on the scene. (Jenna Etheridge/News24)


An officer from the bomb squad gets suited up in a bomb disposal suit before inspecting a suspicious bag. (Jenna Etheridge/News24)


An officer in a bomb disposal suit is inspecting a bag that belonged to the attacker. It is understood that the bomb squad was checking for explosive devices.


WATCH: Son of man killed in Malmesbury mosque attack tried to fight off the attacker

 


Ismail Bassa was in the mosque for Itikaaf – an Islamic practice where men retreat to the mosque to live and pray for the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadaan. The MJC has also confirmed the worshippers were in the mosque for Itikaaf.


WATCH: Muslim Judicial Council condemns attack on Malmesbury mosque

 


Members of the Muslim Judicial Council are on the scene, and President Cyril Ramaphosa has reportedly sent an ANC delegation to Malmesbury.


The muddy field where the Malmesbury mosque attacker fled to, faced off with police and died. (Jenna Etheridge/News24)


According to News24 reporter Jenna Etheridge, who is on the scene in Malmesbury, Ismail Bassa (one of the attack victims) lived right next door to the mosque. It is currently pouring with rain so everyone is huddled inside the Bassa home.


Authorities have cordoned off the area around the mosque in Malmesbury. (Jenna Etheridge/News24)


Ismail Bassa, 74, one of the deceased in the Malmesbury mosque attack. (Supplied)


2 killed, attacker shot dead in stabbing attack at Malmesbury mosque

Two worshippers have been killed and several wounded in a stabbing attack at a mosque in Malmesbury in the Western Cape in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Western Cape police confirmed that the attacker was shot dead by police.

The attack comes at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and five weeks after another attack at a mosque in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said Malmesbury police were called out to the mosque in the early hours of the morning and found two people stabbed to death and several injured.

“A couple of hours ago – about 03:00 – as people got themselves ready to pray, the suspect just got up and started stabbing the people. He was praying with them,” Malmesbury Police Constable Henry Durant told News24.

 

Source: News24.com

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Former Ghanaian dance champion Alex Ofori passes on

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The late Alex Ofori was a former Ghanaian National Dance Champion

•The late Alex Ofori was a choreographer and a fashion model

• He became much popular after winning the Ghana National Dance competition in 1988

• The late dancer has been eulogized by popular Ghanaian media personality, Mr. Kwasi Kyei Darkwa

Former Ghanaian National Dance Champion, Alex Ofori, has reportedly passed on.

The late Alex Ofori who shot to fame after winning the Ghana National Dance competition in 1988, has worked with the likes of Slim Buster, who won the championship in 1987, Ebenezer Ako Nai who also won in 1987, Terry Ofosu Bright, aka Sir Robot who won in 1989 and Reggie Rockstone among others.

Announcing his demise on Facebook on June 16, 2021, veteran broadcaster Kwesi Kyei Darkwa (KKD) stated that the dance champion brought so much excitement and joy to Ghanaians whenever he got on a stage or dance floor.

He also eulogized him paving the way for new dance talents the country currently possesses.

“Rest in peace ALEX OFORI, Former National Dance Champion- Great Embassy Double Do, Dancer-Choreographer & Fashion Model. You brought so much excitement & joy to our motherland wherever you got on a stage or dance floor. With the likes of World Dance Champion Adjetey Sowah, unique breakdancer Reginald Osei aka Reggie Rockstone, Show dancers Firekiller, Como Basto, Carlos Alberto, Tee Pee & many enthusiastic young talents of the 80s & 90s, you helped turn what was your passion into a mainstay of live shows & television entertainment. Today, those talents you shared with the world just for fun, your labor of love has become a popular profession.”

“You & your colleagues paved the way for the talent we enjoy in dance choreography at national events & in numerous music videos. Life: How unpredictable you are. & how fragile we are,” he wrote on Facebook.

It can be recalled that the late Alex Ofori once represented Ghana at the World Dance Championship series at the London Hippodrome.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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VIDEO: Kennedy Agyapong celebrates 61st birthday in Dubai with his 16 daughters

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Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong celebrating his birthday with wife and children

• The Assin Central MP was swamped by his beautiful daughters at his 61st birthday party in Dubai

• Kennedy Agyapong turned 61 on June 16, 2021

• The lawmaker received and unwrapped some expensive gifts from his children

Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, joined his daughters in Dubai to celebrate his 61st birthday on June 16, 2021.

In a video making rounds on social media, the outspoken lawmaker was captured in a plush restaurant, swamped by his beautiful daughters and wife.

With the exception of Arnell, who is alleged to have been ‘disowned’ by Mr. Agyapong, the rest of his 16 beautiful daughters were seen seated at a dinner table with their father having a nice time.

Beaming with smiles, Mr. Agyapong one-by-one unwrapped the gifts presented to him by his children.

The all-white birthday party was climaxed with a kiss from his wife.

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Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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One shot as sand winners clash with Okyeman taskforce at Adeiso

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Sand winners and Taskforce clash in Adeiso

One person has been shot in a clash between the Okyeman Environmental Protection task force and sand winners at Adeiso in the West Akyem Municipality in the Eastern region.

The task force stormed the Tank Akuraa community near Adeiso, arrested and handcuffed one Osae Kwame, a sand winner and threw him into a Nissan Pick Up but were pursued by the youth who rescued him.

Later the taskforce members attacked Summertide sand winning Company site at Obeng Yaw village, also near Adeiso, amidst the firing of guns and arrested five workers and shot one other.

Armed police responded to the distress calls about the incidents but the Taskforce failed to stop when signalled by Police.

They were given a hot chase but to no avail.

Information spread through the Communities leading to the youth mounting roadblocks and attacked the task force.

Sensing danger Okyeman Mponuahene, Barima Twum Tabriade and Okyeman Akwansrahene went to the Adeiso police station to seek refuge in a Jeep Patriot SUV with registration number GS9835-19 which had three tyres deflated.

The angry youth and sand winners massed up at the Police station seeking the release of the two chiefs for instant justice.

Due to the tension, Adeiso District Police command called on the Divisional Command for reinforcement to contain the situation.

A search in the Jeep SUV which belongs to Akwansrahene, Baffour Sarpong, contained one AK 47 assault rifle with 3 magazines and 7 Pump-action cartilages.

The five (5 ) suspects including the two chiefs were whisked to Asamankese Divisional Headquarters by the reinforcement team where they were granted Police enquiry bail.

The Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh confirmed the incident.

He said the Regional Police Command has dispatched a team to the troubled area to help resolve the matter to restore calm.

Okyeman Environmental Protection Taskforce was formed over a decade ago to fight against illegal mining, illegal sand winning and illegal chainsawing.

Source: starrfm.com.gh

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