Eleven taxi drivers have been killed by gunmen in an ambush in South Africa.
The men from Gauteng province were travelling to Johannesburg on Saturday night when their minibus was attacked by the gunmen, BBC reports.
It was gathered that the victims, and four others who were critically injured, were returning from a colleague’s funeral in the coastal region of Kwa-Zulu Natal, police said.
However, the rationale behind the attack is unclear, although rivalry between groups running minibus taxi routes in South Africa has led to violence in the past.
Minibus taxis are the most popular form of transportation among South Africa’s population of 55 million.
Speaking on the deadly attack, Police spokesperson Jay Naicker said the vehicle was attacked between the towns of Colenso and Weenen, in the coastal province.
“The vehicle was ambushed. There were 11 fatalities and four were seriously injured and are in hospital,” he told reporters.
“There has been a lot of taxi violence in the area but we are still investigating who the perpetrators were.”
The targeted attack comes days after deadly shootings in Johannesburg, South African media reported.
In one week, a taxi owner was killed in his vehicle, and two others were killed while travelling under a police escort.
Ten people were also killed in violence related to rivalries among minibus drivers in Cape Town over one weekend in May.