Arson suspected in overnight fire at South Africa’s first gay-friendly mosque



JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — South Africa’s controversial first gay-friendly mosque, which also allows Christian worshippers and women to lead prayers, was damaged by a fire overnight, its founder and the police said Saturday.

AFP reports that police have opened an arson inquiry into the fire which occurred shortly after midnight and damaged the front door of the mosque in Cape Town.

“This a deliberate arson attack,” the founder, Muslim academic Taj Hargey told AFP.

“They used petrol and oil,” he said adding close circuit television video footage showed that unidentified people had made several reconnaissance trips to the mosque two hours before the attack.

There were no injuries and no arrests have yet been made.

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