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Two shootings in a bar leave 19 dead in South Africa

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Two shootings at a bar, one in a township near Johannesburg and the other in eastern South Africa, have left 19 people dead, police said on Sunday.

In Soweto, 15 people were killed after enjoying a night out, police said, when assailants pulled up in a minibus taxi and began shooting at random bar patrons.

In the eastern city of Pietermaritzburg, police said four people were killed and eight injured during a shooting at a bar after two men discriminately shot patrons.

Law enforcement sources said it was too early to say if the attacks were connected in any way, but noted their similarity.

In Soweto, the largest Johannesburg township southwest of South Africa’s economic capital, police were called to the scene shortly after midnight.

“When we arrived at the scene, 12 people were dead with gunshot wounds,” local police officer Nonhlanhla Kubheka told AFP.

He added that 11 people were taken to hospital. Three died shortly after arrival.

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There were no details about the assailants.

“No one has been arrested. The officers are still on the scene. They came and shot people who were having fun,” said Kubheka, commander of the Orlando police station, the Soweto district where the shooting occurred.

Hundreds of people gathered behind police cordons on Sunday as police investigated, AFP journalists reported. Outside the establishment you could only see a small sign showing the prices of beer in the bar.

The police took away the relatives of those involved in the drama who tried to approach the crime scene.

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In Pietermaritzburg, four people were killed and eight wounded in a shooting around 8:30 p.m. (1830 GMT) that left eight wounded, local police spokesman Nqobile Gwala said.

Two men arrived, entered the bar and “randomly fired shots at patrons” before fleeing, Lt. Col. Gwala said.

“A total of 12 people were shot. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and the other two died in hospital.

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“Eight other people are still in hospital after sustaining injuries.”

The dead were between 30 and 45 years old.

The two incidents come a year after the outbreak of the worst violence the country has seen since the end of the apartheid era three decades ago that brought democracy.

Last July saw large-scale riots and looting, looting of shops, a wave of arson attacks and attacks on infrastructure and industrial warehouses leading to more than 350 deaths and several thousand arrests with the country already in the midst of a great wave of COVID-19.

Most of the unrest occurred in Johannesburg and the eastern province of Kwazulu-Natal as South Africans protested the sentencing and imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma.

Zuma was sentenced after refusing to testify on corruption charges stemming from his 2009-2018 term.

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