Five teens arrested over French priest's killing in South Africa

10th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

Five teenagers have been arrested in connection with the killing of a French priest in a shantytown outside Johannesburg, according to the police.

JOHANNESBURG - "Working on information from the community, last night and this morning we arrested five suspects, aged 14 and 18, for the murder of the priest," police spokesman Govindsamy Mariemuthoo told AFP.

"We recovered a firearm, a computer and we also arrested a lady for being in possession of a mobile phone," he said. "They will appear in court soon."

Father Louis Blondel, 70, was shot dead Monday morning in his rectory during a burglary.

Blondel came to South Africa in 1987 and lived mainly south of Johannesburg in Soweto and Orange Farm, where he built a church and several community centres.

He moved to Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, a year ago where he helped build a church and a community house in the shantytown where he was killed.

He was fourth priest murdered this year, according to Catholic church officials.

South Africa has one of the world's highest crime rates, with an average of 50 people killed every day.


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