3 die after S.African soldiers stray to Mozambique

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Posted: Oct 26, 2010 6:49 AM
3 die after S.African soldiers stray to Mozambique

South Africa's army says two of its soldiers strayed into neighboring Mozambique and exchanged fire with civilians, leaving three people dead.

Department of Defense spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini says Monday's violence is being investigated by South African and Mozambican authorities. Mozambican state radio also reported the shooting.

Dlamini said Tuesday that the dead included a South African soldier, a Mozambican villager and a third Mozambican whose identity was unclear.

Dlamini says it is unclear why the South African soldiers, who were performing border patrol duties, crossed a few hundred meters (yards) into Mozambique. Dlamini says the surviving South African soldier is being questioned.