Thursday, January 26, 2023

A mass shooting at a bar in Soweto, South Africa, killed at least 14 people

According to local police, at least 14 people were murdered and nine more were injured in a shooting at a pub in the South African township of Soweto on Sunday.

A number of males armed with rifles and 9-millimeter pistols entered the pub in the Nomzamo informal settlement outside Johannesburg just after midnight and began firing “randomly” at the patrons, according to Gauteng Police.

According to police, 23 individuals were shot in the institution, with 12 dying at the spot and 11 being taken to a local hospital with injuries. At the hospital, two additional persons were pronounced deceased.

According to the statement, the police have begun investigations into 14 incidents of murder and nine cases of attempted murder.

“It’s a terrible scene. When you look at the bodies heaped up, you can see that everyone of those persons was trying to escape out of the bar “According to South African news channel ENCA, Gauteng Police Commissioner Elias Mawela.

Mawela stated that the police have not yet determined the motivation or why the folks at the tavern were targeted.

“I have no faith that with the community’s participation, we will be able to break this case,” Mawela continued.

The police asked for witnesses and stated that the suspects were still on the run.

Four more persons were slain in a separate shooting incident Saturday evening in Sweetwaters, Pietermaritzburg, according to police.

Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, the Provincial Commissioner of KwaZulu-Natal, stated in a statement that at least 12 people were shot when two individuals entered the pub and “randomly started the fire.” As in the case of the Soweto shooting, police claimed the perpetrators were still at large and that a manhunt was underway.

The country is still in mourning over the murders of 22 youths, some of whom were as young as 13, who perished in a bar in East London last month under mysterious circumstances. The twin shootings occur at the same time.

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