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Diepsloot erupts after child murders

Locals barricaded roads and looted shops in response to this morning’s gruesome discovery.

Angry Diepsloot residents venting their frustrations over the murder of two little girls. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Diepsloot residents on Tuesday barricaded roads after the bodies of two young girls were found in the northern Johannesburg township.

The two children disappeared on Saturday and their bodies were discovered in a toilet cubicle this morning.

The cousins, aged two and three, were last seen walking with an unidentified man in the area.

Police are also investigating the possibility that the pair were raped before they were killed.

Hundreds of angry residents marched though Extension One, attacking and looting foreign-owned shops.

Many were armed with rocks and other objects.

Community members earlier vowed to take the law into their own hands.

They say they're outraged by the recent spate of crime in the area, adding police are doing little to solve the problem.

In September, a five-year-old girl was found dead next to a dumpster.

Police believed she may have also been raped.

Nobody has been arrested in connection with that murder.