The Hawks have started their investigation into the Iman Hussein Mosque attack and discovery of an explosive device. Picture: Reaction Unit South Africa

Durban - Detectives from the Directorate of Priority Crimes (Hawks) have begun interviewing the private security guards who were first on scene at the Imam Hussein Mosque in Verulam where one man was killed and two other stabbed.

Last Thursday, three men armed with knives stabbed three worshippers at the Imam Hussein Mosque which claimed the life of Shaheed Abbas Essop, 35.

On Sunday evening, just hours after Police Minister, Bheki Cele visited the mosque, a device, with a cellphone attached to a pipe with wires, was found by worshippers.

On Monday, the Hawks confirmed that the suspicious device found at the Imam Hussein Mosque was an explosive mechanism.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said experts would analyse the elements of the explosive mechanism, including the chemicals within.

On Tuesday morning, Prem Balram, Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) spokesperson, said Hawks investigators were at Rusa collecting first responder statements from Rusa officers and paramedics in the case of the mosque attack on Thursday and the discovery of a bomb on Sunday evening.

“Approximately six statements were obtained and medical records, patient record form were provided. Detailed statements were provided regarding our response time, treatment of the victims, witness interviews, evacuation of the mosque and residence when the bomb was discovered,” Balram said.

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