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Gunmen Kill 8 in Squatter Camp, Bombs Derail 2 Trains

December 25, 1993

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ Gunmen entered a squatter camp in the coastal city of Durban on Friday and opened fire with AK-47 automatic rifles, killing eight people and injuring four, reports said.

The victims included four men, three women and a baby.

The gunmen, who were not identified, fled after the attack, the South African Press Association reported.

Police spokesman Maj. Bala Naidoo said the attack was apparently motivated by a power struggle in the camp, which is in the troubled Natal province, where at least 37 people have been killed in the last week.

Also Friday, a mine derailed an empty passenger train near Soweto before dawn and a cargo train in the western Transvaal was blown off its tracks, in what police feared could be the start of a Christmas bombing spree.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosions. The engineer and conductor of the passenger train were treated for shock.

Police Lt. Deon Peens told SAPA that if there had been passengers aboard the train, they would have been killed.

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