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South Africa: 6 killed in mob attacks

Monday - 11/4/2013, 7:20am  ET

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African police say mobs have killed -- and in some cases set on fire -- six people suspected of gang links in a township west of Johannesburg.

Police Brig. Neville Malila said Monday that there have been no arrests for the deadly violence a day earlier in Khutsong, near Carletonville town.

The South African Press Association quotes Malila as saying the dead included a 61-year-old traditional healer, and that crowds threw stones at police vehicles responding to the attacks.

SAPA says the violence happened after about 400 men held a meeting to discuss alleged gang activity in the community.

Nathi Mthethwa, the police minister, says "mob justice is unjustifiable."

His office says police are patrolling the area, which remains volatile.


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