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Two mass shootings in South Africa leave 18 dead — Analysis

According to local police, at least 18 people died and many were injured during two shootings that occurred in South Africa Saturday evening and early Sunday morning.

One incident occurred at a local tavern in Johannesburg’s Soweto township just after midnight. According to the office of Gauteng Police Commissioner, “a group of men armed with rifles and 9mm pistols entered the tavern and started shooting randomly at the patrons who were sitting inside.”

Twelve victims were declared dead on the spot and two others died later.

Nine were hurt.

Police opened 14 murder cases and 9 attempted murder cases.” law enforcement said, adding that a “A team of detectives” is now looking for the unknown gunmen.

According to police’s estimates, the casualties were aged between 19 and 35.

Reports suggest the attackers fled with a Toyota Quantum minibus in white.

A few hours earlier, in Soweto at 20.30, two gunmen opened fired in Pietermaritzburg (the capital of KwaZulu-Natal), just before the Soweto tragedy.

“Two people were declared dead at the scene and the other two died in hospital. Eight more people remain in the hospital with injuries sustained. The suspects fled the scene after the incident,”Nqobile Gwala, spokesperson for the police saidIn a statement, he added that an investigation was ongoing.

This case saw victims aged between 30 and 45.

These tragedies occurred two weeks after 20 people died from suspected poisoning in East London’s popular club. This tragedy remains unsolved. A 13-year old girl was the youngest victim of that tragedy.

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