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At least eight people were killed and three others injured in a shooting at a birthday party in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, local police reported Monday.


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The incident occurred between 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. local time (3:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. GMT) at a house in Kwazakele, Gqeberha, when two gunmen fired at guests gathered for a birthday party, the South African Police Service said in a statement. .

Police said no arrests had been made yet and they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“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,” said Eastern Cape SAPS Commissioner Nomthetheleli Lillian Mene.

The homeowner was among the dead, while three others were also injured.

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

Mass shootings, incidents in which three or more people are killed in a single attack, have increased in recent years according to the regional think tank, Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

The group recalled that in the period from 2017 to 2020, police recorded 314 incidents of mass shootings, an increase of 50% for this specific category of crime.

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