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.