October 18, 2017 / 7:00 AM / 2 years ago

Two injured in shooting at South Africa's Cape Town airport

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Two men were injured in a drive-by shooting at South Africa’s Cape Town International Airport, police said on Wednesday.

Operations at the airport, the second busiest in the country and a tourism hub, were not affected, police spokesman Vish Naidoo said, adding the motive for the shooting was unknown.

The airport is Africa’s third busiest and handles around 10 million passengers a year, including tourists and businesspeople commuting to the economic hub Johannesburg.

“A man, about 50 years of age, was shot in a drive-by shooting and in the process a bystander, a 30-year-old man, was also hit,” Naidoo said.

The shooting took place in the early morning in a public area some distance from the airport’s security gates, Naidoo said.

Flights had not been affected, the airport’s general manager Deon Cloete said in a statement.

“The shooting scene has been cordoned off while investigations continue,” Cloete said.

Local media reported that the shooting was gang-related, but Naidoo could not confirm that was the motive.

Reporting by TJ Strydom; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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