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SADC: Killing of Lesotho army chief inexcusable, barbaric

The regional body is sending a fact-finding mission to Lesotho to "avert the possibility of a further deterioration of security".

SADC flags . Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has deplored Tuesday’s killing of Lesotho’s army chief.

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane says everything in the mountain kingdom is under control.

SADC didn’t mince its words about the killing of Lieutenant General Khoantle Motsomotso, calling it an inexcusable, barbaric and heinous act.

The regional body is sending a fact-finding mission to Lesotho to "avert the possibility of a further deterioration of security".

There’ve been no reported arrests after the killing of Motsomotso and the two officers guarding him.

The killers are believed to have been shot down by troops as they tried to escape the military compound where the attack took place.

Dependent on Lesotho’s water flowing into Gauteng, South Africa’s expected to play a key role in restoring order in the kingdom it surrounds.