A man has handed himself in to South African police over the murder of his parents and brother and the attempted murder of his sister.
Henri Van Breda, 21, was released on $6,500 bail on Tuesday. He will face murder charges for the attack, which took place at an exclusive golf estate near Cape Town in January 2015. Van Breda sustained minor injuries and it later emerged that he waited four hours to call emergency services to report the incident. He told police he had been unconscious.
Van Breda’s younger sister, Marli Van Breda, was critically injured in the attack and though she still suffers from retrograde amnesia, her recovery has been “nothing short of miraculous”, said her legal representative Louise Buikman.
The Van Breda family lived in Perth for several years and all three children attended high school there. They returned to their native South Africa in 2014. Van Breda is expected to face court in Cape Town on September 9.
Rumours of al-Baghdadi’s death unconfirmed
Israeli media have reported US officials are skeptical that US forces killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Raqqa, Syria yesterday. “We have seen these types of reports before here in Iraq and other operations, and until we have confirmation, we are going to practice healthy skepticism,” the US military spokesperson in Baghdad, Colonel Christopher Garver, said.
Al-Baghdadi is among the most notorious terrorist leaders in the world and has been leader of ISIS since June 2014, when he declared himself ’emir’ (leader) of the caliphate.
Venezuelans riot, loot as food shortages worsen
At least three people have been killed in Venezuela as people take to the streets in violent protest over food shortages. Basic food items such as flour and rice are scarce and although plans to import food have been announced, local production of other food items has also ground to a halt.
The protests are occurring as the country’s opposition calls for a referendum on the future of President Nicolás Maduro. President Maduro has responded by accusing the opposition of hoarding food and resources to exacerbate the unrest and provoke riots.
Ramadan bombing kills hundreds in Syria
Russia and Syria have been accused of continuing to bomb Syrian rebel positions, killing hundreds of people, despite the religious festival of Ramadan. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday that least 148 civilians, including 50 children and 15 women, had been killed in the past week as helicopters dropped explosive barrel bombs.
The area under attack is controlled by rebel groups including the al-Nusra Front, which was not part of the tenuous ceasefire negotiated in February. The reports said Russian aircraft had attacked a market in the city of Idlib, but Russia has denied any involvement. – Compiled from web sources by Samantha Besgrove, Joseph Walz, Ariana Norton and Jessica Holmes
Photo of the Van Breda family from Facebook.