Durban Bombings, Verulam mosque attack case: Alleged Kingpin Farhad Hoomer wants bail

October 23, 2018 | Brainwave Science

Durban Bombings, Verulam mosque attack case: Alleged Kingpin Farhad Hoomer wants bail


Nineteen men including several promising businessmen were arrested in a case involving explosive devices being placed in and around Durban in July- which police suspect linked to the Verulam mosque attack in May. Nadia, a businessman’s spouse who died in April, her cell phone has become the lone strand of evidence which linked her businessman husband to the bloody Verulam mosque attack, a dramatic dungeon kidnapping, and bombing across Durban.

The suspects were arrested on October 5th in and around Durban area and are facing charges of murder, attempted murder, violation of the explosive act, arson, extortion, and the illegal possession of firearms. Charges against seven men have been withdrawn, however, state prosecutors still demand DNA samples which may link them to the string of bomb attacks.

Nadia’s cellphone movement tracked to the Palmview cell tower near the Imam Hussain Mosque in Verulam had ultimately led police to him. Cell phones registered to his co-accused Goolam Haffejee and his cousin, Ahmed Haffejee, showed a similar pattern of movement.

Farhad Hoomer, denied all the allegation and regarding the phone movement said, “The highest he [a police investigator] can put it to say Palmview cell tower is one in the area where the Verulam mosque is situated.”  According to Hoomer’s affidavit submitted to Magistrate Irfaan Khalil, He owns several properties including Reservoir Hill property where Hawks operatives found a Tanzanian man in the dungeon, chained and subject to repeated violence and malnutrition.

Farhad Hommer said, “In relation to the kidnapping charge, I understand the victim was held at 8 Nugget Road, Although I admit that I do own this property, I was not living at the address and various other persons were staying there.” His affidavit revealed he had dealt with three Durban businesses in which incendiary devices were planted for the purpose of extortion.  Investigators could not link him to any bomb attacks and further CCTV footage revealing the men of African descent had planted the device.

“There is no evidence linking me to the offences other than that I had dealings with three victims. I deny any unlawful dealing with these victims and there is no evidence whatsoever which links me to any crime,” he said.

Farid Hoomer, Goolam Haffejee and Ahmed Haffejee have already been released on R100,000 bail, however, the investigation is still ongoing.


South Africa has a reputation as a high crime country around the globe, and Durban is no exception.  According to crime stats, on average 57 people are killed per day in the country and murder rate have increased by 6.9%. News reports suggest that several South African nationals have traveled to Syria, Iraq and Libya and they are likely to pose a security threat on their return.

Verulam mosque attack and bombing cases have turned into one of the biggest challenges for law enforcement agencies. Eleven suspects have been granted bail or charges withdrawn due to lack of substantial evidence.  Law Enforcement agencies are persuasive toward finding connection and link of suspects including Farid Hoomer, Goolam Haffejee and Ahmed Haffejee to the bloody Verulam mosque attack, a dramatic dungeon kidnapping, and bombing across Durban. The conventional investigative tools such as Fingerprinting, DNA or Interrogations haven’t provided any fruitful results in this case as they cannot disclose what knowledge the perpetrator is withholding from the investigators.

It is crucial for law enforcement agencies to discover the connection and truth behind the Hoomer’s and other suspect’s testimonies. Whether he and other suspects were involved in this hideous crime or terrorist funding or what they claimed is true. Did these suspects have a to ISIS as alleged by Police and the State in their case? Eleven people appeared in court for a mosque attack and for planting several explosive devices around Durban. The accused face several charges, including murder, attempted murder, arson, and extortion. The gravity of the sentence that they possibly face emphasizes the importance of thorough investigation in this case. State prosecutor Adele Barnard said the state is working tirelessly and intends to be ready with its affidavits to ensure bail denials for prime suspects who are now accused of terrorist affiliations.


Given that state alleges a connection to terrorism and ISIS in their affidavit for bail applications denials for two of the main accused, Ahmed Haffejee and Farhad Hoomer.  On the one hand, Verulam community members who gathered outside the local magistrate’s court say KwaZulu-Natal has no place for extremism. They are calling the bomb scare suspects appearing in court today to be denied bail.

Law enforcement agencies in South Africa are now pressed against time to make sure they present a convincing case supported by evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to the magistrate so that the faith in law enforcement is restored.  As conventional investigative tools cannot be of considerable help, the only rational solution that can swiftly solve this case and identify the connection and intelligence before it’s extremely late is called iCognative.  Law enforcement agencies must employ an impeccably accurate, guaranteed positive results, easy to use and master, a non-invasive technology that respects human rights and identifies the perpetrators from innocents with over 99% accuracy is developed by a reputed US based company Brainwave Science and it’s called iCognative.

A 45-minute iCognative test when utilized by law enforcement agencies can identify the absolute truth and provide accurate intelligence and missing links to prosecute the Hoomer and other suspects. iCognative guarantees over 99% accurate results in more than 85% of the criminal as well as civil cases wherever some investigation has been carried out. As law enforcement agencies lack vital intelligence and lead regarding this case, iCognative test can guarantee positive results within an hour. Details related to crime and revealed during the investigation such as time and location of the kidnapped person; where was Hoomer during that period, truth behind the cellphone movement near Mosque before the attack, any specific information about explosive or bomb-making, any co-conspirator involved in this case, any relation to domestic or foreign terrorist organization, etc., along with other confidential details, that’s not available in the public domain (called Stimuli), are uploaded to into iCognative test protocol. The test can be conducted on any person of interest, witness or suspects including Hoomer. With the support of this technology, law enforcement agencies could have an impeccably accurate intelligence, evidence and connections to present in court and make a case for prosecution of perpetrators.

iCognative not only supports law enforcement agencies to identify the criminal or provide accurate intelligence but it also provides accurate intelligence to prove an individual is innocent of the crime. By creating tremendous value for law enforcement, iCognative is best positioned to mitigate the complex security risks facing the world today. With its remarkable ability to quickly and accurately identify missing links, iCognative effectively leverages intelligence collection to an unprecedented level and supports South African law enforcement agencies get an edge over criminals and terrorists.

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