Two arrested after girl, 10, killed in suspected gang crossfire in Cape Town

2019-12-09 12:27
Handcuffs. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

Handcuffs. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

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Police have arrested two people for the murder of a 10-year-old girl who was killed during a shootout between rival gangs in Tafelsig, Western Cape police have said.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said a "random shooting between rival gangs" occurred on Sunday night, to which Mitchells Plain police and Anti-Gang Unit members responded.

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A 10-year-old girl became caught in the crossfire.

"The first suspect, aged 26, was arrested in Olifantshoek Street in Tafelsig," Potelwa said on Monday.

"Shortly thereafter, a 21-year-old with an unlicensed firearm was also arrested not far from the scene. Both suspects are believed to have strong links with local gangs."

There was a heavy police presence in the area to prevent flare-ups.

"The deployments will remain in the area until calm is restored."

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