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South African Teen killed in hunting tragedy

04/06/2006 22:23 - (SA)

Maike Currie , Die Burger

East London - A trip to celebrate the start of the hunting season has ended tragically with the death of a 16-year-old who was shot by a fellow hunter.

Captain Errol Francis said teenager Ryan Dankwerts was with a group of 12 men on his uncle's farm, Waterfall, near East London, on Saturday.

Francis said: "All 12 hunters fired when they saw a bushbuck. The teenager was caught in the crossfire and he was shot.

"There was a single wound below his right ear and the boy died immediately. A post-mortem will be held in East London."

Francis said police had confiscated 12 hunting rifles.

"The rifles will be sent for ballistic tests to establish which rifle fired the shot that led to Dankwerts' death."

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