Gauteng – An armed group opened fire in Lawley, south of Lenasia, Gauteng, on Tuesday morning, injuring the bus driver and seriously injuring the passengers.
Police spokesman Brig Mathapelo Peter said the incident took place at around 5 am near Lowell Railway Station.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the bus had stopped to pick up passengers when three armed, unidentified suspects opened fire on the bus,” Peters said.
“A number of unconfirmed passengers were injured while trying to get off the bus. “The suspects then threw a petrol bomb at the bus, which exploded. The suspects fled the scene.”
Johannesburg ambulance spokeswoman Nana Radebe confirmed that the bus driver had been killed and “burned to the ground”.
Radebe said four more people were in critical but stable condition.
Witness Prudence Mohay told TimesLIVE that he drove to the scene to see the bus on fire.
“I was not there when the incident started, but I was passing by a taxi when the bus was on fire,” he said.
Whoever did that is cruel and heartless.
Prudence Mohay, eyewitness
“People were shouting and some were jumping out of the windows. The bus burned down. This is really painful. “Whoever did that is cruel and heartless.”
A second witness, who asked not to be named, said he was on his way to work when he saw the bus on fire.
“I was late. When I arrived, I saw that the bus was on fire. “I felt the shock of my life because you saw someone on the bus,” she told TimesLIVE.
“I was scared, I ran away.”
The road to the area was lined with rocks and debris. The bus was then removed from the scene. Peters said the motive for the incident would be investigated.
Cases of homicide and property damage have been reported.
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