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Birthday shooting: Gunmen kills eight persons in South Africa

An unknown gunmen have killed eight people and wounded three others at a birthday party in South Africa at the weekend.

According to Eastern Cape South African Police Service Commissioner, Mthetheleli Lillian Mene, “These victims were killed by criminals, and we will not rest until we find out what happened and who was responsible for this callous and cold-blooded attack on these unsuspecting victims,”

Police says, the shooting was carried out by two attackers on Sunday afternoon at a house in Kwazakele, Gqeberha,

A family member, Chinese Tys, said her brothers Vusumzi and Andile Sishuba were celebrating Vusumzi’s birthday when they were shot and killed.

As a family we are in a state of shock and disbelief,” she said

Two of the injured people are still in hospital.

The third wounded person was discharged.

South Africa has one of the world’s highest murder rates, with around 20,000 people killed every year out of a population of 60 million.

According to campaign group Gun Free South Africa, there are about 3 million guns registered in the country, though there are many more unregistered.

Police Minister Bheki Cele visited the site of the shooting on Monday.

Writing by Fany Olumoye; editing by Julian Osamoto & Adeniyi Bakare