Two pupils shot during protest

Two pupils were shot with live ammunition after a group of school children from Lubaleko Senior Secondary School in Mount Ayliff allegedly left their classes to support a community protest.

One of the children died from a shot to the chest while another was transported to Mount Ayliff Hospital in a critical condition.

It is alleged that disgruntled community members set fire to the headman’s house while police were on the scene at about 9am this morning.

Police reports say officers on the scene tried to stop the community members but were pelted with stones resulting in police vehicles being damaged.

Police members reported hearing gun shots saying they realised the shots were fired by a group of people inside the headman’s house.

Upon investigation it was found that one pupil had been killed and another wounded.

Sixteen suspects, aged between 25 and 30, were arrested for arson and malicious damage to property following the burning and damaging of several houses during the protest.

The Public Order Policing Unit are monitoring the scene as the situation remains tense.

The suspects will appear in the Mount Ayliff Magistrate Court soon on charges of arson and malicious damage to property.

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