Footage of a shooting between two rival Pentecostal megachurch groups in South Africa has emerged a week after the violence destroyed 12 vehicles and left three people injured.
A video of the shot up and wrecked vehicles was posted by News24 on Tuesday, showing shattered glass and ripped up seats in cars and minivans outside the International Pentecost Holiness Church in Zuurbekom.
Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo explained that the clash began on Thursday morning when one church faction arrived in a convoy and parked outside the worship building.
“As they were about to enter the church premises, another group which was inside the church charged at them. They confronted each other. During their confrontation, firearms were pulled out and three people were injured,” Masondo said.
“One was shot in his shoulder. The three injured men were taken to hospital. We managed to seize loaded firearms,” he added.
The attackers initially fled the scene, but then returned with over 100 black-clad security guards in an attempt to take over the church. They were blocked by police, however, who eventually forced both church factions to flee the area.
The 3 million-strong IPHC has been split apart in leadership battles following the 2016 death of Glayton Modise, who led the church for nearly 18 years.
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Source: Christian Post