Five killed in assault on S.African church, hostages freed


Five individuals have been killed in an assault on a church west of Johannesburg within the early hours of Saturday, South African police stated, with a few of the attackers taking hostages who have been later freed.

Police arrested round 40 individuals and seized 40 firearms, together with rifles, shotguns and handguns, associated to the assault on the International Pentecost Holiness Church in Zuurbekom, police spokesman Vishnu Naidoo instructed the eNCA tv station.

Police earlier posted photos of a few of the confiscated weapons on Twitter, saying they have been coping with a “hostage situation and shooting”.

One potential motive for the assault is an influence wrestle on the church between rival factions, native media reported.

“(E)verything was in complete disarray, so we have arrested all those that we reasonably believe are suspects, we are busy interviewing and interrogating them to establish exactly what the motive was,” Naidoo instructed eNCA. Reuters

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