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JOHANNESBURG — Ten members of the identical household, seven of them feminine and not less than one in all them a toddler, have been killed in a mass taking pictures at a home in South Africa, police stated Friday.

A male suspect was killed in a shootout with police hours after and two males have been arrested. A fourth suspect escaped however his id is thought and he’s being sought, Police Minister Bheki Cele stated.

In response to preliminary studies, the household was ambushed by gunmen on the house within the metropolis of Pietermaritzburg within the japanese KwaZulu-Natal province, police stated. The taking pictures occurred Thursday night time or early Friday morning.

Police initially introduced that the victims have been seven girls and three males however Cele stated not less than one youngster, a 13-year-old, was among the many useless. The oldest sufferer of the mass taking pictures was 65, Cele stated. He didn’t affirm the gender of {the teenager} who was killed and gave no different particulars on the ages of the opposite victims.

Cele, who was on the scene, stated police confronted 4 males on a road a few mile from the home the place the mass taking pictures occurred and the boys shot at officers.

“Police shot again, killed one, injured one, who’s arrested, and one is arrested unhurt. One has run away,” Cele stated. “Luckily they know who ran away.”

The suspect who was killed was “infamous” and linked to different crimes within the space, Cele stated, though he didn’t supply a motive for the mass taking pictures.

The scene on the home the place the ten have been killed was “horrible,” Cele stated.

“Too many individuals have been misplaced,” he stated.

Police have been additionally questioning the motive force of an e-hailing taxi who’s believed to have beforehand transported the suspects after they have been suspected of committing different crimes.

South Africa has one of many highest murder charges on the earth and there was a spate of mass shootings in recent times.

Eight people were fatally shot at a birthday celebration within the south coast metropolis of Gqeberha in January. Final yr, 16 died in a mass taking pictures at a bar within the Johannesburg township of Soweto when a bunch of armed males, a few of them wielding rifles, opened hearth on clients.

On the identical day of that Soweto taking pictures, 12 folks have been shot, 4 of them fatally, at a bar in Pietermaritzburg.

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