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August, 16

Nine Killed In South Africa Shootings – Police

Nine persons were killed in separate shooting events in two provinces of South Africa on Saturday night, according to law enforcement, and police are looking for suspects.

The most recent spate of shootings follows an increase in violent deaths in a nation with one of the highest murder rates in the world.

In the Thembelihle informal settlement, a southern suburb of Johannesburg, four individuals were shot, and two more sustained injuries.

According to a statement from the authorities, preliminary evidence indicates that a group of guys were playing dice on a street corner on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. (17:30 GMT) when they were ambushed by unidentified gunmen who fired shots at them.

“Four people were certified dead on the scene on Saturday while two people were taken to the nearest medical care centre after sustaining gunshot wounds,” the police said on Sunday.

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Elias Mawela, the regional police commissioner, described the crime scene as “horrific.”

“They were seated. They were attacked for no apparent reason,” he said.

Separately, a 36-year-old man who looked to have been robbed of his possessions, including a phone and a bicycle, was discovered shot to death in Thembelihle.

The police stated that they are unable to confirm a motive at this time.

Police have opened an inquiry into the circumstances of a triple homicide that occurred on Saturday night in the Khayelitsha township in the Western Cape region. Colonel Andre Traut said that the fourth murder was an unrelated occurrence.

Eight suspects were detained on Friday, according to authorities, and they were connected to the “random” shooting and robbery that left six people dead on Thursday night in the Johannesburg suburb of Alexandra.

It was unclear at the time whether the suspects in the shooting at Alexandra belonged to the same gang as those who killed everyone.

Out of a total population of around 60 million, South Africa sees about 20,000 homicides annually.

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Nine persons were killed in separate shooting events in two provinces of South Africa on Saturday night, according to law enforcement, and police are looking for suspects.

The most recent spate of shootings follows an increase in violent deaths in a nation with one of the highest murder rates in the world.

In the Thembelihle informal settlement, a southern suburb of Johannesburg, four individuals were shot, and two more sustained injuries.

According to a statement from the authorities, preliminary evidence indicates that a group of guys were playing dice on a street corner on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. (17:30 GMT) when they were ambushed by unidentified gunmen who fired shots at them.

“Four people were certified dead on the scene on Saturday while two people were taken to the nearest medical care centre after sustaining gunshot wounds,” the police said on Sunday.

READ MORE: Ghana Announces First Outbreak Of Infectious Marburg Virus

Elias Mawela, the regional police commissioner, described the crime scene as “horrific.”

“They were seated. They were attacked for no apparent reason,” he said.

Separately, a 36-year-old man who looked to have been robbed of his possessions, including a phone and a bicycle, was discovered shot to death in Thembelihle.

The police stated that they are unable to confirm a motive at this time.

Police have opened an inquiry into the circumstances of a triple homicide that occurred on Saturday night in the Khayelitsha township in the Western Cape region. Colonel Andre Traut said that the fourth murder was an unrelated occurrence.

Eight suspects were detained on Friday, according to authorities, and they were connected to the “random” shooting and robbery that left six people dead on Thursday night in the Johannesburg suburb of Alexandra.

It was unclear at the time whether the suspects in the shooting at Alexandra belonged to the same gang as those who killed everyone.

Out of a total population of around 60 million, South Africa sees about 20,000 homicides annually.

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