PRETORIA – The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation commenced with investigations soon after the Malmesbury Mosque attack on June 14, 2018 where two people lost their lives and a police officer was injured.

The suspecat was identified as 23 year old Nur Arawal from Somalia. Arawal was an outpatient at the Bellville’s Karl Bremer Psychiatric Hospital in 2013 until recently. The motive for the attack is not yet established but there are no links to suggest any involvement of extremists or radical activity. Arawal’s remains have been handed over to the family for repatriation and burial.

Meanwhile, circumstances surrounding the death of Arawal is being probed by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).