The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has confirmed a brutal attack on the Malmesbury Masjied in the Cape in the early hours of Thursday morning in which two people were killed. The attacker's motive remains unclear.
Mkadam said the modus operandi of the incident appeared similar to a recent attack at a Durban Shi'a mosque in Verulam.
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.
Two other people were wounded and are being treated in hospital.
The suspected attacker lies dead in a field outside the mosque in Malmesbury, near Cape Town after he was shot by police. "He ignored the calls and tried to attack police", Traut said.
Meanwhile, the attacker's body has been removed from a field where he was shot dead.
Provincial detectives are now combing the scene for clues.
Head of communication at MJC Mishka Daries says the MJC is very shocked at what happened.
A former policing forum leader in the area called the knife attack an "act of terrorism".
There was no initial indication that the attack was in any way linked to an attack on a mosque in Verulam‚ north of Durban‚ in May.
The assailants in that attack, who also set off a petrol bomb inside the mosque, escaped in a auto and remain at large.
Imhraan Mukaddam‚ who said one of the victims of the attack was married to his cousin‚ said the knifeman arrived at the mosque on Wednesday night and asked to could join the i'tikaaf night prayers‚ which are held over the last 10 days of Ramadan.
The Verulam attack was a watershed moment for South Africa, where about 1.5 percent of the country's 55 million population is Muslim.
Western Cape police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said detectives are now combing the crime scene for clues.
Neighboring Mozambique has been rocked by a wave of attacks blamed on extremist groups in recent months.