On Monday, In Belarus, a 15-year-old stabbed his teacher and a classmate of his to death while seriously injuring two others in the attack process, authorities said, in a rare school attack in the ex-Soviet nation.
Knife stab The teenager arrived at school before the first lesson and stabbed his history teacher in the neck, fatally injuring her, local media reported.
He then entered a neighbouring classroom and killed a student, before escaping via the window and injuring two more.
Police arrested the attacker some two hours later, according to reports. The regional office of the interior ministry confirmed a 53-year-old teacher and one student had been killed, while two other students were in intensive care.
The incident took place in Stolbtsy, a town 40 miles (70 kilometres) south-west of the capital Minsk. The attacker deleted his social media presence the day before the killings, according to media.
School killings are rare in authoritarian Belarus and elsewhere in the former USSR. In October last year a student at a secondary school in Kerch, Crimea, killed 20 people and injured more than 40 others in a planned gun attack.
Authorities then blamed “globalisation” and “social networks” for bringing the phenomenon of school shootings from the United States.
In a related story, a well-known farmer was stabbed to death just outside his home in the Lutzville area on the West Coast on Sunday.
According to Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana, the murder of the 57-year-old, identified as Jaco Louw, is believed to have happened around 10.45am. His body was discovered with several stab wounds by a farmworker.
“According to information, police attended to the scene and upon their arrival. They found a body of a 57-year-old man with (a) stab wound to his body,” Rwexana said.
No one has been arrested yet for the murder, she added.
On Facebook, Afriforum’s head of community safety, Ian Cameron, said Louw was one of their farm safety watch members.
Cameron told Netwerk24: “It’s believed that he lived alone on the farm outside the town. Such a brutal murder is rare in the Lutzville area.”
MEC for Community Safety Alan Winde said crime is reaching rampant proportions in the Western Cape, with 10 cases of murder and 10 cases of attempted murder being reported every day.
Billy Claasen, executive director of the Rural and Farmworkers Development Organisation, told News24: “It is a barbaric attack on a member of the agricultural community of our beautiful region.
“Agriculture is the economic hub of our region and the West Coast is also one of the food baskets of the Western Cape province,” he said.
“We want to convey our deepest condolences and sympathy to his family and the agricultural community.”
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