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South African police investigate at least 22 dead in a tavern in East London

At least 17 people were found dead inside a popular bar in South Africa.
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Cape Town – South African authorities East London At least 22 patrons found in a popular Township tavern near the city, state health officials said on Sunday.

The body was transferred to a state morgue, where relatives are expected to help identify both male and female victims, a spokesman for the Eastern Cape Health Department said. One Syanda Manana said.

"Immediately undertake an autopsy to find out the possible cause of death," he told Reuters.

"We are talking about 22 bodies now," Manana added.

Former Brigadier General Tembinkosi Kinana said police were warned by the general public about the incident at Scenery Park, about two miles from the city center.

"We are investigating the circumstances in which they died," Kinana told Reuters, adding that it was too early to determine the cause of death for young adults aged 18 to 20 years.