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Two die in Ha Makopela

by Lesotho Times

MASERU — Police are investigating a case in which two men were hammered to death in Ha-Makopela last week.

A police report said the deceased were walking past the village together with four others when they were attacked by a group of men.

Police spokesperson Senior Inspector Masupha Masupha said the two were beaten to death by the mob. Four others managed to escape.

Masupha said the six men were walking through Ha-Makopela village when a group of about 20 men came out of nowhere and attacked them.

The attack came after the two groups of men from neighbouring villages clashed last year during an initiation ceremony.

The police said they were still investigating the case.

Meanwhile, the police said they are looking for a group of unknown men suspected to be South African nationals in connection with stock-theft.

The group of heavily armed men are last week said to have captured livestock at an enclosure in Ha-Khabele in Mokhotlong.

About 500 livestock that included cattle, sheep, goats and donkeys were stolen during the raid.

“The armed men headed towards the South African border after capturing the livestock.

“The matter was reported to the Lesotho police who then notified their South African counterparts,” said Masupha.

Some of the livestock were later found abandoned in Thukela in South Africa.

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