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A mass shooting at a tavern in the Soweto township of Johannesburg has killed 15 people

JOHANNESBURG – A mass shooting at a tavern in Johannesburg’s Soweto township killed 15 people and left others in critical condition, according to police.

Police say they are investigating reports that a group of men arrived in a minibus taxi and opened fire on some of the patrons at the bar just after midnight on Sunday.

The injured were taken to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

The number of cartridges found at the scene suggests a group of people opened fire at the bar, Gauteng Provincial Police Commissioner Lt. Gen. Elias Mawela said.

“The initial investigation suggests these people were enjoying themselves at a licensed tavern that was open within the correct hours,” Mawela told The Associated Press.

“Suddenly they heard some gunshots as people tried to run out of the tavern. We don’t have full details at the moment as to what the motive is and why they attacked these people,” he said.

“You can see that a high caliber firearm was used and she fired indiscriminately. You can see each of these people were struggling to get out of the tavern,” Mawela told The Associated Press.

The area where the shooting took place was very dark, making it harder to find people who could identify the suspects, he said.

Rifles and a 9mm pistol were used in the attack, said National Police spokeswoman Colonel Dimakatso Sello.

In another incident, four people were shot dead by unknown gunmen at a tavern in Sweetwaters township in the coastal town of Pietermaritzburg on Saturday night.

According to police, two men entered the tavern and opened fire at diners indiscriminately, killing two people at the scene while two others were confirmed dead at hospital. Police said 8 other people are being treated at a hospital. The deceased were between the ages of 30 and 45 and police are investigating charges of murder and attempted murder, police said.

“The team will be working around the clock to find and hold those responsible for this shooting to account,” said Kwazulu-Natal Police Commissioner Gen. Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

The bar shooting comes two weeks after 21 teenagers were found dead in a tavern in the city of east London. The cause of death has not yet been released by authorities, but the teenagers were neither shot nor crushed during a stampede, officials said.

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