Bullet-riddled bodies of three men found near a road in Mangaung

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  • Three bodies of unknown men were discovered near a road intersection outside Mangaung on Saturday morning.
  • A man going to the forest to collect wood made the grisly discovery and alerted the police.
  • The men had sustained several gunshot wounds in the heads, necks, and upper bodies.

The bodies of three unidentified men have been discovered in an open veld near the intersection of the N6 and R702 roads in Mangaung.

It is believed the men died after being shot several times on their heads, necks, and upper bodies on Saturday morning. 

The police have launched a hunt for suspects involved in the murder of the three.

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The bullet-riddled bodies were spotted by a man going to the forest to chop wood early on Saturday morning, he then alerted the Kagisanong police.

Free State police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thabo Covane said: "... a patrol vehicle was despatched to attend, and on arrival the members found three unknown African males lying close to each other in a pool of blood. The two victims's hands were still tied at the back with shoelaces and the third [victim's] laces were already loose."  

Covane said police forensic experts also arrived at the scene and closer examination revealed that the victims were shot several times on their heads, necks, and upper bodies.  

He said empty cartridges and motor vehicle tracks indicate that the victims might have been transported and, "... their lives ended at the scene.”

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Covane said cases of murder were opened at Kagisanong police station.

The police are appealing to any member of the public who might have information that can help in the investigation of the case, and the arrest of the suspects, to contact Sergeant Mokete Godfrey Motsoai at 082 466 7255.

Alternatively, the information can be submitted on MySAPS App or the Crime Stop number 08600 10111.

Members of the public who submit information may opt to remain anonymous and any information received will be regarded at confidential.

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