Cape Town – At least 20 Muslim worshippers were reportedly robbed at gunpoint during a prayer service last week in Kabokweni, Mpumalanga.
According to News24, about 15 heavily armed suspects stormed the mosque at around 13:20 during a prayer session on Friday.
They held approximately 20 worshippers at gunpoint and robbed them of their personal belongings, including cell phones.
The suspects also stole a Toyota Corolla with the license plate JRH 078 MP, which belonged to one of the worshippers, police said.
A case of business robbery was opened after the victims reported the incident to the Kabokweni police station.
Following the incident, the police have asked members of the community to keep an eye out for the suspects, whom they believed would be selling the stolen items, according to Sowetan Live.
“The only way to shut down the market for criminals is to stop buying stolen goods. Therefore, the public should come on board on this one,” the report quoted Mpumalanga provincial commissioner, Lieutenant- General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela as saying.
The police further urged anyone with information on the whereabouts of the robbers to contact them.
“Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects can call Detective Lt-Col Zenzo Banda on 0823739062 or call the Crime Stop number on 0860010111. Alternatively, members of the public can send information via the My SAPS app. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous,” said.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo