Armed men attack Mandela's Cape Town home

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Armed men attacked the Cape Town home of former president Nelson Mandela Tuesday night, South African police confirmed moments after the incident, saying one of the assailants was shot dead and two others arrested.
Senior Superintendent Selby Bokaba said the men arrived at Mandela's plush Bishopscourt home shortly before sunset saying they had information about people planning to disrupt the upcoming elections in the country.
A guard at the residence thereupon radioed for his superiors.
Moments later a gunman, described as a white male in his 30s, raised an R5 rifle and trained it on the guards, who then opened fire killing the gunman.
The entire area remains cordoned off as police investigations continue.
It appeared that Mandela was in Johannesburg at the time of the shooting.
The suspects arrested in the shootout would be charged on Wednesday.

16 march 2004 21:16:00




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