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Explosion, Gun Attacks Reported; One Dead

July 15, 1988

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ Gunmen fired on a parked bus near Durban, killing the sleeping driver and wounding several passengers, police said.

The bus was parked in the black township of Inanda when men fired on the vehicle at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Police said the bus had come from Transkei, one of four tribal lands declared independent by the government but not recognized as such outside South Africa. No other details were released.

Also, police said four cars were damaged today from an explosion behind a bus shelter in Claremont, a multiracial community that is legally designated for whites. Police gave no further information on the 12:45 a.m. attack.

Police also reported finding the body of a black man who had been stabbed to death in Ashdown, in Natal province. Supporters of the anti-apartheid United Democratic Front and the Inkatha organization have been fighting in the province for more than a year.

More than 400 people died last year in fighting among blacks from the two political groups in the Zulu townships around Pietermaritzburg. The violence has died down, but both sides still accuse the other of periodic attacks.

Police also reported that gasoline bombs had been hurled at the home of a former town councillor in the Dobsonville area of Soweto Wednesday night, extensively damaging the four-room home of Colin Radebe and slightly injuring him. The family spent the night extinquishing the fire and removing debris from the house.

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