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Monday, November 04, 2013 6:16 am

South Africa: 6 killed in mob attacks

The Associated Press

South African police say mobs have killed - and in some cases set on fire - six people suspected of gang links in a township west of Johannesburg.

Police Brig. Neville Malila said Monday that there have been no arrests for the deadly violence a day earlier in Khutsong, near Carletonville town.

The South African Press Association quotes Malila as saying the dead included a 61-year-old traditional healer, and that crowds threw stones at police vehicles responding to the attacks.

SAPA says the violence happened after about 400 men held a meeting to discuss alleged gang activity in the community.

Nathi Mthethwa, the police minister, says "mob justice is unjustifiable."

His office says police are patrolling the area, which remains volatile.