Gunmen Rob Mosque Collection After Friday Prayers

Story ByLee Bullen, Sub EditorMichael Leidig, AgencyCEN

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This is the dashcam footage of four men shooting at security guards outside a mosque as they steal the Friday collection the guards are transporting.

The incident took place on 14th June after Jumu’ah, also known as Friday Prayer, at the Hamidia Mosque in the suburb of Newtown in Johannesburg located in the northern South African province of Gauteng.

Local media reports suggest that the men stole cash that had been taken in during the weekly collection moments earlier.

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Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini told local media that the alleged thieves stole a substantial amount of money.

State police have confirmed that they are trying to track down the four gunmen seen in the dashcam footage.

In the video, a dark Lexus is seen pulling out in front of the guards’ pickup truck before stopping in the middle of the road.

The car doors suddenly open and two gunmen open fire on the pickup truck.

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As bullets rain on the vehicle and smoke bellows from the engine, two other men jump out of the Lexus and crowd the pickup truck.

One of the men is seen running back to the getaway vehicle while carrying a box, reportedly stolen from the guards’ truck.

Dlamini said that no suspects have been arrested yet, adding: “We are investigating an armed robbery case. We are appealing to anyone with information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects to come forward.

“Any information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects may be rewarded.”

Dlamini said that the suspects fired at the two security guards, who took cover as the thieves stole the cash.

The investigation is ongoing.