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South Africa captain, goalkeeper shot dead

Published:Monday | October 27, 2014 | 10:00 AM
FILE- In this file photo dated Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, South Africa's goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, right, celebrates with fellow goalkeepers Wayne Sandilands, left, and Senzo Meyiwa, center, after drawing with Morocco to advance to the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations, in Durban, South Africa.

JOHANNESBURG (AP):

The captain of South Africa's national football team was fatally shot when armed men broke into the house where he was staying, police said.

Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was killed around 8 p.m. yesterday after two gunmen entered a house in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg while an accomplice waited outside, the national police force said on its Twitter account. The three assailants then fled on foot, according to the police service, which offered a reward of nearly $14,000 for information leading to arrests in the case.

Police said there were seven people in the house during the attack and that the shooting followed an "altercation".

Authorities said they would do everything possible to find the killers.

South African football club Orlando Pirates confirmed Meyiwa's death, saying in a statement that it "has learned with sadness about the untimely death of our number one goalkeeper and current captain Senzo Meyiwa".