According to the residents, the man attacked the worshippers after he tried to address them inside a mosque in Sudan’s eastern state of Kasala. Three people lost their lives in the incident, while several others were wounded.
The police chief in Kasala Yahi Sulayman said that the incident occurred when worshippers gathered for evening prayers in a mosque in Kasala city, which borders Eritrea.
“Three people have been killed and several wounded,” Sulayman said.
The residents said that the attacker started to stab people after they refused to listen to him. “People in the mosque then retaliated and killed the attacker,” Sulayman said, adding that the identity of the attacker had not been established.
Sudan has sealed its border with Eritrea since January after Khartoum declared an emergency in the state of Kasala.
Officials say the decision was part of a government campaign to collect illegal arms in the state. Hundreds of soldiers have been deployed in Kasala in recent months to safeguard the place.
Many Eritreans try to enter Sudan illegally because of the repressive government at home. They enter through Kasala before going on voyages across the Mediterranean to Europe.