South Africa: Soweto bar shooting left 14 killed and 3 injured

2022-07-10 14:33:08
South Africa: Soweto bar shooting left 14 killed and 3 injured

A shooting attack targeted a bar in South Africa's Soweto township, west of Johannesburg, late on Saturday, left 14 people killed and critically injuring three others.

Police reports indicate that a group of men arrived in a minibus taxi and started firing at the bar, prompting those inside to attempt to flee.

Gauteng province police commissioner Lt. Gen. Elias Mawel disclosed that the police believed it was a group who attacked the premise from the number of cartridges found on the scene.

Gun crime is common by international standards in South Africa, with the country suffering a similar number of fatalities each year as a share of its population as the US does. Furthermore, in South Africa's case, a far higher proportion of these deaths are murder and a much smaller proportion are suicide than in the US. The country's overall homicide rate is also among the highest in the world, at 33 people per 100,000 inhabitants in 2020 figures, though it has fallen substantially this century.

The Saturday shooting comes shortly after the mysterious death of 21 young people at a township bar in the coastal South African town of East London. The causes behind their death, which has prompted much mourning and uproar, remains unknown, but with both a shooting and a stampede ruled out by investigators.

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