Township toll reaches 65

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JOHANNESBURG (Agencies) - At least 20 people were killed yesterday in two black townships east of Johannesburg, taking to about 65 the nationwide death toll in three days, police said.

A spokeswoman said 20 bodies were found last night in Tokoza and Kathlehong townships, all apparently victims of fighting between the ANC and the Inkatha Freedom Party. Running battles continued last night, with police reporting sporadic gunfire, burning barricades in the street and cars and houses ablaze. Five of those killed yesterday were ambushed in a mini-bus taxi.

BBC television and radio crews said they were shot at in Katlehong. 'It was quite frightening,' said news producer Milton Nkosi. 'We were digging in the ground with our noses.'