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White right-wing soldiers blamed for Soweto bombs

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa is hunting down white right-wing soldiers and police after the most serious bombings since racist apartheid rule ended in 1994.

Nine bombs exploded in the sprawling black township of Soweto near Johannesburg on Wednesday, killing a woman and raising fears that white extremists are back on the warpath. A 10th explosion near Pretoria wounded two others.

Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota said a minority of right-wing white Afrikaners in the armed forces and police could be part of a plot to plunge South Africa into a race war.

"They are a racially oriented group. They want to achieve a race war," Lekota said. "It certainly does not represent the majority of Afrikaners ... but a residue within the South African National Defence Force and the South African Police Service."

Nobody has been arrested or claimed responsibility for the worst bombings since a blitz by white right-wingers ahead of all-race polls in 1994 that swept Nelson Mandela to power.


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