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S. Africa Gunman Slaughter Entire Family

FILE: In an earlier incident, Members of the Forensic Pathology Services stand near their vehicles on the scene of a mass shooting in Gqeberha, South Africa, on January 29, 2023. -

JOHANNESBURG - Unknown gunmen stormed a house and killed 10 members of a family on Friday, in the latest mass shooting to rock crime-ridden South Africa.

"According to initial police reports, unknown gunmen stormed a Pietermaritzburg homestead and ambushed the family," police spokeswoman Lirandzu Themba said in a statement.

Police did not give a motive for the shooting. Those killed included seven women and three men, the police ministry said in a statement.

Police Minister Bheki Cele and the top management of the South African Police Service will visit the crime scene of the latest shooting later on Friday.

Mass shootings are relatively common in South Africa, which has one of the world's highest murder rates.

This report was compiled from Reuters and Agence France-Presse.