When people gathered to worship, the enemy was in their midst, but they were not aware.

 It was after he attacked two persons and killed them that people knew and scampered for safety.

The incident occurred in a mosque in Malmesbury in Western Cape Province, South Africa early Thursday.

Provincial spokesperson, Andre Traut, said police rushed to the scene and found two worshippers stabbed to death.

The attacker was shot dead at the scene by police.

He has not been identified, but witnesses described him as a foreigner in his 30s.

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This was the second attack on a mosque in the country since May.

On May 10, three knife-wielding attackers stormed a mosque in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal Province, killing one worshipper and seriously wounding two others.

The suspects, reportedly from Egypt, escaped from the scene before setting the mosque on fire. No arrest has been made so far.

The motivation for the killing is still unknown.

The Police have not linked the attack with terrorism, but religious organisations said there was no doubt that the knife attacks had been orchestrated by “terrorists.”

Authorities are however insisting that they need evidence to link the attacks with terrorism.