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    5 dead in hostage situation at South Africa church; 40 arrested

    Five people have been killed in a hostage situation at a Pentecostal church in South Africa Saturday.

    Police and military who responded to reports of a shooting at the International Pentecostal Holiness Church headquarters in Zuurbekom near Johannesburg found four people “shot and burned to death in a car” and a security guard shot in another car.

    It happened around 3 a.m. local time, according to reports. Police hostage negotiators were still on the scene hours later.

    The Associated Press described the church as long-troubled.

    Police arrested 40 individuals. Six people have been injured.

    Police say children were among those rescued. They say the attack by a group of armed people “may have been motivated by a feud” between church members.

    More than 25 firearms have been seized, according to Reuters.

    source: foxnews

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