At Least 15 Shot Dead at Soweto Bar in South Africa

At least 15 people were shot dead, and nine were injured in a bar in Soweto township in South Africa on Sunday.

South African police said a group of men arrived at the Orlando East tavern, opened fire on young patrons at the bar shortly after midnight on Sunday, and left the scene in a white minibus.

Lt. Gen. Elias Mawela, the Gauteng province head of police, said the shooting appears to have been “a cold-blooded attack on innocent tavern patrons.”

“The primary investigation suggests that these people were enjoying themselves here in a licensed tavern operating within the right hours. All of a sudden, they heard some gunshots. That is when people tried to run out of the tavern. We don’t have the full details at the moment of what is the motive and why they were targeting these people. You can see that a high-caliber firearm was used, and it was shooting randomly. You can see that every one of those people was struggling to get out of the tavern,” Mawela said.

Mawela said the area where the shooting occurred was “very dark”, making it difficult to find witnesses who could identify the suspects.

National police spokeswoman, Col. Dimakatso Sello, said that rifles and a 9-mm pistol were used in the attack.

The injured victims were transported to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

South African police are searching for the suspects whose identities remain unknown.


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