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5 held in South African reggae star Dube's slaying

October 22, 2007|From the Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — Five men were arrested Sunday in the killing of reggae star Lucky Dube, who was gunned down in an apparent carjacking attempt, South African police said.

Police spokesman Eugene Opperman said the men would appear in court Tuesday. Two stolen handguns and a car allegedly used during the slaying also were seized.

Dube, who launched his career in the 1980s with criticism of the apartheid regime, was killed after he dropped off two of his children at his brother's suburban Johannesburg home.

His friends told South African newspapers they believed it was a targeted slaying. But Opperman said police believed he was killed in a botched carjacking.

Carjacking is rife in South Africa, which is notorious for its high rate of violent crime, with nearly 20,000 homicides a year.

Dube, 43, was one of South Africa's best-known singers and recorded more than 20 albums and toured extensively around the world.

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