Church hostage massacre leaves five dead as police negotiate with captors in South African city of Johannesburg after arresting 30 suspects
- The killings took place at International Pentecost Holiness Church in Zuurbekom
- It is believed the massacre happened amid a leadership battle at the church
- Police scrambled to the scene at 3am local time and the massacre is ongoing
Five people have been killed and dozens arrested in an ongoing church massacre in Johannesburg.
The bloodbath took place at International Pentecost Holiness Church in Zuurbekom.
It is believed the killings came amid a leadership battle at the church, as officers scrambled to the scene at 3am local time.
More than 25 firearms have been seized, police said, and 30 people arrested.
Horrifying images released bu police show suspects laying face down on the ground with hands on their heads.
Suspects were seen laying face down
Officers said more than 25 firearms have so far been seized
A Twitter post revealed: ‘Early hours this morning #SAPS was alerted to a hostage situation & shooting @ International Pentcost Holiness Church, Zuurbekom, 30 suspects arrested & seized more than 25 firearms.
‘5 fatalities are confirmed. The scene is still active with SAPS Hostage Negotiators. TM.’
Police said hostage negotiators remain at the scene.