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Arrests made after ritual murders

The bodies of the girls, aged 15 and 16, were discovered on Wednesday morning in Soweto.

Forensic pathologists carry the body of one of the girls found dead in Dobsonville, Soweto, on 19 February 2014. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

SOWETO - Two 16-year-old boys have been arrested for the grisly murders of two Soweto schoolgirls, Gauteng police confirmed on Thursday.

The bodies of the girls, aged 15 and 16, were discovered on Wednesday morning by a community member who was passing by a field in the Dobsonville area.

A pathology team prepares to remove the girls' bodies, 19 February 2014. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

Relatives say they last saw the girls leaving for school on Tuesday morning.

The boys in custody attended the same school.

One of the victims' friends saw the girls leave the school with both boys on Tuesday afternoon.

It's believed the killings were part of a satanic ritual as razor blades and black candles were found next to the two bodies.

One of the girls allegedly told her friends she would be accepted into a satanic group if she sacrificed the life of someone close to her.

The Occult Unit was brought in to assist with the investigation.

Gauteng police spokesperson Neville Malila says the boys were arrested at the school earlier today.

"Intense investigations over the past 24 hours led the police to the arrests."