5 killed, 6 injured in South African church attack

In this photo made available by the South African Police Services (SAPS), confiscated arms and ammunition, lay on the ground at a church in Zuurbekom, near Johannesburg, Saturday, July 11, 2020. (South African Police Services via AP)

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UPDATED 4:45 PM PT —Saturday, July 11, 2020

At least five people are dead and six others were injured after a hostage situation occurred at a South African church. On Saturday, Johannesburg police reported four people were found shot and burned to death in one car, while a security guard was found dead in a separate vehicle.

Attackers had also taken several hostages, who have since been let go.

The church has been a long troubled location. Reports suggested the attack may have been “motivated by a feud” between rival factions.

More than 40 suspects were taken into custody and over 40 firearms have been seized.

“We have arrested over 41 suspects, including six who have been taken to hospital purportedly after suffering sudden injuries and gunshot wounds,” stated a spokesman for local police. “We also seized over 40 firearms, including rifle, shotguns and handguns.”

Authorities confirmed they have arrested all those they reasonably believe are suspects and are now interrogating them to officially establish a motive.

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