Six die in Eastern Cape police station attack


Gunmen killed six people in an attack on a police station in a small South African town, stealing weapons and a vehicle in what police are treating as a robbery.

Five police officers and an off-duty soldier were killed in the attack in Nqcobo, in Eastern Cape, police spokesman Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said.
“This incident happened in the early hours of the morning when armed robbers, or what we suspect is armed robbers, entered the station and randomly opened fire on officers on duty,” Naidoo told eNCA news channel.

The gunmen also shot a bystander who turned out to be an off-duty soldier as they fled in a stolen police vehicle, Naidoo said.

South African police minister, Fikile Mbalula, called the attack a national tragedy.
“The killing of our law enforcement officers robs us of dedicated servants of our people whose only sin was to serve and protect,” Mbalula said on Twitter.

South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world.