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Sunday, 20 February, 2000, 20:34 GMT
Cape gunman kills seven

A former security guard in South Africa is reported to have killed seven members of his family at a farm in Western Cape province, and then fled.

Police said the victims of the shooting included two of the man's children, aged three and seven, the man's wife, her three sisters and a brother-in-law.

All were shot in the head, apart from a 13-year-old daughter who escaped the attack.

The started shooting early on Sunday at a farm near Prince Alfred Hamlet, about 112km (70 miles) northeast of Cape Town, police spokesman Anton de Kock said.

The name of the suspect, a former member of the South African Defence Force, has not been released.

Louis Milne, who runs the farm, said the man had worked as a security guard on the farm until six months ago, when he was fired for pointing a gun at his nephew.

He said the 35-year-old had said he wanted to shoot his family because his wife wanted a divorce.

Police in the area have mounted a major operation to track down the gunman, who is believed to have fled to a nearby gorge taking a citizens band radio with him.

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