At least 14 people were killed and nine others wounded in a shooting at a bar in the South African town of Soweto on Sunday, local authorities said.
The incident occurred shortly after midnight, when a group of men armed with rifles and 9mm pistols entered the bar in the squatter settlement of Nomzamo near Johannesburg and began shooting “indiscriminately” at customers, Gauteng police said in a statement.
Police said 23 people were shot dead at the institution – 12 died at the scene and 11 were rushed to a nearby hospital with injuries. It was announced that two more people died in hospital.
Police have opened investigations into 14 cases of murder and nine cases of attempted murder, according to the statement.
“It’s a bad sight. When you see the corpses [that] Stacked up, you can see that every one of these people [was] “She’s struggling to get out of the pub,” Gauteng Police Commissioner Elias Muela told South African news channel Enka.
Moila said police have not yet determined the details of the motive or why the people in the bar were targeted.
“I have no doubts that together with the community here, we will be able to resolve this issue,” Moela added.
Police called on witnesses to come forward, saying the suspects were still on the run.
The Soweto massacre comes at a time when the country is still grieving over 22 young men died – some as young as 13 – died in unexplained circumstances so far in a pub in east London last month.
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