Foreigners hacked to death in Vryheid

2011-11-11 00:00

TWO Bangladeshi nationals were hacked to death in their supermarket in the Mondlo area of Vryheid on Tuesday evening.

Shahed Ulha (32) and Ally Shohel (26) were found with injuries to their heads.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said their assailants gained entry through the roof of the store.

Naicker said that after combing the scene for clues it became evident that robbery was not the motive for the killing as nothing had been stolen.

Naicker said that on October 17 the Bangladeshis were robbed of a substantial amount of money. Detectives from Mondlo police are still investigating the incident.

“Detectives have been able to establish a link between the murder and the robbery and began an intensive operation to trace the suspects.

“Since the early hours of this morning, five suspects were arrested in connection with the robbery.

“Two were arrested in Mpumulanga, two in Mondlo and the fifth was arrested as he was boarding a taxi in Vryheid,” said Naicker.

He added that one of the five suspects has been linked to the murder of Ulha and Shohel and that detectives are still searching for his accomplice.

Naicker said police believe that the Bangladeshis might have been silenced to prevent them from identifying the men who robbed them in October.

He added that the suspects will appear in the Vryheid Magistrate’s Court soon.

He said the Bangladeshi embassy has been informed about the incident

Arrangements will be made for the families of the Bangladeshis to come to South Africa for the bodies.

— Witness Reporter.

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