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Family's murder fuels fears of South African poll violence

Fears that South Africa’s general election could renew violence between rival political groups deepened yesterday when a family of seven was reportedly slaughtered in KwaZulu-Natal province. According to radio reports, five children died when armed men surrounded a shack near the town of Empangeni and set it on fire. The parents were gunned down when they tried to escape. It was not immediately clear if there was a political motive, but the attack happened in the wake of clashes between supporters of the ruling African National Congress and the rival Inkatha Freedom party. KwaZulu-Natal was the scene of a low-level civil war in the 1980s and early 1990s when political and ethnic tension between the two groups flared into murderous attacks with AK-47 automatic rifles, spears and clubs which left thousands dead. Full Story

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