Forensic investigators at the crime scene.
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- Police have arrested five people in connection with a mass shooting that left six people dead in Kwanupule, Karega.
- It is believed that the shooting was drug related.
- The Eastern Cape Police Commissioner described the arrests as a major achievement.
Eastern Cape Police made a major breakthrough on Thursday when they arrested five people in connection with a mass shooting that claimed the lives of six people in Kwanubule, Karega.
The arrests come after three attackers entered a home on Middledale Street in Quanupula and opened fire indiscriminately at people in the front yard and inside the house on Tuesday night. Six people were killed and four injured in suspected drug-related zonal warfare.
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Announcing the arrest, the Provincial Police Commissioner, Lt. Gen. Nomthelele Maine, said the five people, who ranged in age from 21 to 34, were arrested on six counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder.
Police said they are expected to appear in the Kuanupula Magistrates Court soon.
Min described the arrests as a major achievement and commended the police task force for quickly tracking down and arresting the five people.
The task force, made up of the county’s Serious Crime and Violence Team, Regional Crime Intelligence, Tactical Response Team, National Intervention Unit and Anti-Gang Unit, arrested the five people during raids in Quanupole and Arcadia in Bethlsdorp.
Min added, “The task force demonstrated unwavering commitment and exceptional skill in apprehending the perpetrators responsible for heinous murders and attempted murders. Their relentless efforts, persistence, and meticulous investigation resulted in their prompt concerns.”
She said the team worked day and night.
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