South Africa: 8 people killed after gunmen opened fire at birthday party


Eight people were killed and three injured after two gunmen entered a house and opened fire on a group of people celebrating a birthday at a house in South Africa on Sunday evening, according to the South African Police Service ( SAPS).

The shooting occurred in the southern port town of Gqeberha, formerly Port Elizabeth, and an investigation has been opened and a police manhunt is currently underway for the two unknown assailants, the spokesperson told CNN. of the police, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

The owner is among those who died, according to a statement by the SAPS.

Among those killed were three women and four men, the police department also saidadding that no arrests have been made.

Police said the Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele, and the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), General Fannie Masemola, will lead a delegation of various experts within the organization on the places on Monday.

South Africa is grappling with an increase in gun crime with mass shootings witnessed last year.

Last July, at least 15 people were killed when a group of gunmen opened fire on a bar in Soweto. Hours earlier, four other people had been killed in another shooting at a bar in Pietermaritzburg.

Shootings followed deaths of 22 young people died under unexplained circumstances in a tavern in east London, Eastern Cape Province.

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