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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

South Africa: 8 Killed

DURBAN () -- Unknown gunmen have killed eight people, two of them children, in an attack on a coastal village in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, police said Thursday.

"They were either shot or burnt to death," police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Bala Naidoo told reporters, adding that police were still investigating the attack at Izingolweni, near Port Shepstone.

Naidoo said four gunmen opened fire on villagers before setting their hut alight. Two people, a woman, 60, and a girl, 8, were wounded but escaped.

At least 38 people have been killed in the province since the beginning of 1995, the watchdog Human Rights Committee said earlier this week.