Six family members shot dead by armed men with AK47s

2013-03-09 16:32

Five adult brothers and a relative were shot dead in their rondavels in Muden near Greytown.

Three others were critically injured and taken to hospital, said the police’s Colonel Vincent Mdunge.

Earlier, police said all six were siblings and among the dead were three teenagers.

Mdunge said the family was asleep in separate rondavels when they were attacked at 3am today by five armed men with AK47 rifles and handguns.

“These men started to raid the rondavels and flat houses [all in the same settlement] room by room.”

In one rondavel, there were four men sleeping, all were killed, said Mdunge.

Two other men in separate rondavels were also killed.

“They were all adults and brothers. One deceased however was a nephew to the family,” said Mdunge.

Another man who was sleeping at the far end of the settlement had heard the gunshots during the night.

“He jumped out of the rondavel and escaped without being harmed.”

Mdunge said there were also women in some of the houses, including a 90-year-old. None of them were harmed.

The three survivors were a three-year-old boy, a four-year-old boy and a 17-year-old.

“All three of them were rushed to hospital in a critical condition. For security reasons, I cannot disclose the name of the hospital.”

Mdunge said one of the three had since been discharged.

The gang had not taken any belongings from the family, and the motive was unknown. No arrests had been made yet.

“The provincial commissioner has assembled a task team to hunt down the five suspects,” said Mdunge.

Police had already taken statements from some witnesses.

Six counts of murder and three of attempted murder have been opened.

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