JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s elite police unit said Friday it was investigating an “element of extremism” in a mosque attack in which one person died after three people’s throats were slit following midday prayers.

“You can see elements of hatred to a certain religion” in Thursday’s attack in the mosque’s worship space, Hawks spokesman Simphiwe Mhlongo told The Associated Press.

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But Mhlongo said police could not yet say whether the assault on the Imam Hussein mosque in the eastern town of Verulam, just north of Durban, could be called a terror attack.

The three attackers were still at large.

“They definitely had a religious motive,” the mosque’s cleric, Ali Nchinyane, said in footage posted online by broadcaster EWN. “These people, they were not robbers. … They strictly wanted to kill us.”

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