It was an uneasy atmosphere at a church service after two armed men stormed a church and robbed the congregation at gunpoint, in Cape Town, South Africa.
According to reports, the suspects entered the church, pretending to be delivery men and held employees at gun point and robbed them off their belongings.
“There were four staff members in the building at the time, including a security guard who called the police. No one was hurt. The perpetrators are still at large and police are investigating,” the church said in a statement.
According to reports from the church, there were security measures in place at the building and indicated that it was considering additional ways to further ensure the safety of the congregation and staff.
The Church said, “The incident has only served to strengthen our resolve to build a church that will help build this nation, which we love, and which we know God loves deeply too.
“We are very thankful that everyone is okay,” the church concluded.
Western Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said the two men entered the church and robbed employees of their cellphones.
“It was not a hostage situation,” said Rwexana, in response to claims on social media after police flooded the area.
“The circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation with no arrests as yet.”