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Cape Town Station Shooting Today, A Terror Attack?

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The circumstances surrounding a shooting at a Cape Town station on Tuesday remain unclear, but what has been confirmed is that a man died during the incident from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Western Cape police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said: “The circumstances surrounding the death of an unknown man are being investigated after he allegedly shot himself at platform 24, Cape Town railway station at around 12:00 this afternoon.”

“A death inquest case docket has been registered,” said Traut.

According to media reports of witness accounts, two men had entered the station with their faces fully covered but their eyes visible. They were dressed in black garments that appeared to be similar to those worn by Muslim women, witnesses reported.

It’s believed several shots were fired by one man before he turned the gun on himself, although the clarity of these details remain sketchy.

“We have reason to believe that the man who shot and killed himself could have been part of a group of two men who acted suspiciously prior to the incident,” Traut said.

“However we will not be speculating about the matter until our investigation has reached a more advanced stage.”

Metrorail said train services were not affected by incident.

News 24 also covers the story.

The scene at Cape Town station after the shooting. (Sedick Appoles, Facebook)

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October 13, 2015 at 21:05

And Here Comes The Rain…

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Tonight. Brrr.



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May 28, 2014 at 22:10

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RIP Archbishop Lawrence Henry

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Catholic Archbishop Emeritus Lawrence Henry has died, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference announced.

Archbishop Henry died on Tuesday night. According to the SACBC website, he had been diagnosed with cancer the previous day.

He served as the Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town from 1990 until his retirement in 2009.

In paying tribute to his life, the SACBC stated that Henry “continued to be active assisting in leading services whenever requested”.

He was succeeded by Archbishop Stephen Brislin.

And the announcement via Archbishop Brislin:

I regret to inform you that Archbishop Lawrence Henry passed away on Tuesday 4th March at about 23h45. He died peacefully in Cape Town Medi-Clinic. Archbishop Henry had been undergoing tests over the past few days. His health took a turn for the worse on Sunday night when he experienced a great deal of abdominal pain and he was rushed to hospital. Doctors confirmed on Monday afternoon that he had cancer and that it had spread to different parts of the body. He was seen by an oncologist early on Tuesday afternoon. Despite doctors’ recognition of the seriousness of his condition the suddenness of his death was unexpected by all. Doctors have given us the assurance that Archbishop Henry died without pain.

Please keep him in your prayers and please ask parishioners at all your Masses today to pray for him. Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as possible.

I wish to offer my condolences to you and to all who mourn the passing of Archbishop Laurie.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

+Stephen Brislin Archbishop of Cape Town



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March 6, 2014 at 16:48

Girl (10) Kills Mom with Air Rifle Brother Got for Christmas

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IOL police tapeChristmas gone wrong.

Cape Town – A 10-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her mother with an air rifle her brother got as a Christmas present, Beeld reported on Friday.

The 45-year-old woman died in a Cape Town hospital on Christmas eve, following the accident in Oude Westhoff, Bellville.

The rifle was a Chrismas present for the girl’s older brother.

Police spokesman Lt-Col Andre Traut told Beeld they were investigating. -Sapa

How on earth can you buy a child an air rifle for Christmas?!


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December 27, 2013 at 12:57

More Driving Photos

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And yes, one may be forgiven for thinking this is Germany. I took these a little earlier…Winter in Africa:

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June 6, 2013 at 11:44

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To visit my folks after Church today.




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June 2, 2013 at 20:05

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Another Police Officer Killed

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In Hout Bay, Cape Town:

A police officer had been shot dead and another injured in Hout Bay, Western Cape police said on Saturday.

“A 26-year-old female constable died on the scene while her 27-year-old colleague was seriously injured in the incident,” provincial police commissioner Lt-Gen Arno Lamoer said.

The constables, aged 26 and 27, were on duty in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay on Friday night when they were shot. – Sapa

A 26 year-old female…


The Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille has condemned the attack on the two officers.


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October 13, 2012 at 22:42


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