The Hawks confirmed on Sunday night that a suspicious device believed to be a bomb was found at the Imam Hussein Mosque in Ottawa, Verulam.
Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo confirmed with media at the scene after speaking with the bomb squad who were inside the mosque.
“We can confirm the explosive unit has found a device and are also scanning the area,” he said.
Mhlongo added it was strange that the finding comes after Police Minister Bheki Cele visited the mosque earlier on Sunday and the scene was cleared before his visit.
“It is so strange that this device was found after the mosque was cleared on Friday. We are asking ourselves what the device is and how did it get here. We will continue to combat prevent and investigate crime,” he said.
The apparent bomb alert comes in the wake of a gruesome attack by three armed suspects that led to the death of Abbas Essop, 35.