Monday 02 October 2023 - 4:10:48 pm

Gunmen kill 15 people 'randomly' at Soweto bar in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, 10th July, 2022 (WAM) -- Gunmen armed with rifles and pistols opened fire at people in a bar in the South African township of Soweto in the early hours of Sunday, killing 15 and wounding nine, police said.

The carnage took place shortly after midnight, when an unknown number of gunmen entered the Orlando East tavern in the township, on the outskirts of the main city Johannesburg, spraying bullets at its patrons, police and witnesses said, according to Reuters.

Police confirmed that there had been a second apparently random shooting at around 20:30 on Saturday, in a tavern in Pietermaritzburg, about 500 km southeast of Soweto, killing four people and wounding eight.

In both cases, the unknown gunmen fled the scene and are now on the run, police said, adding that it was not clear how many were involved in the attacks or what their motives were, the news agency reported.