Three suspects appeared in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court on Monday in connection with the murder of a 21-year-old pr_gnant woman and the attempted murder of two others.

Police spokesperson FC van Wyk said the Kraaifontein woman was eight months’ pr_gnant and died of her wounds on Friday night.

The incident, in which the two others were wounded, is suspected to be gang-related.

“Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) detectives took over the investigation and on Friday held a tracing operation consisting of AGU detectives and AGU visible policing members. Three male suspects between the ages of 32 and 38 were traced and arrested.

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“Two other people, aged 27 and 37, were injured in (the same) incident. Cases of attempted murder were opened as well,” said Van Wyk.

Separately, alleged double murderer Ryan Smith yesterday abandoned his bail application and will remain in custody until his next court appearance in September.

Smith, 28, is accused of killing his 27-year-old girlfriend, Altecia Kortjie, and their 7-year-old daughter, Raynecia Kortjie, by st_bbing them to death.-sowetan

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