Wife and brother shot dead inside courtroom in South Africa

A woman and her brother has been shot dead by her estranged husband during divorce proceeding at the regional magistrate court building in port city of Durban, South Africa, before turning the gun on himself on Monday.

"At around 11 am the suspect shot at the wife and her brother and both died at the scene," police spokeswoman Colonel Thembeka Mbele, told AFP new agency.

She also noted that the hearing had been about to resume after a tea break.

Mbele added that the suspect wounded himself when he "tried to commit suicide and has been taken to hospital where he is in a critical condition," she said.

Local online paper TimesLive said court staff, including clerks and interpreters could be seen visibly shaken by the incident as they were escorted from the building.

Reports say the two victims had been in the courtroom's public gallery when they were shot.

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