11 killed in ’93 massacre before armed man fired back, scaring off attackers.
Twenty-four years ago, black nationalist terrorists from the Azanian People’s Liberation Army, or APLA, attacked the congregation at St. James Church in Cape Town, South Africa, killing 11 members of the congregation and wounding another 58.
And now the man who fought them off believes they’ll strike again soon.
On Sunday, July 25, 1993, a congregation of 1,400 listened to a hymn of worship. APLA terrorists burst into the church and started firing their automatic weapons and hurling grenades.
The attack was a deliberate targeting of white South Africans, whom the APLA deemed universally responsible for the apartheid system. The rallying cry of the APLA was “One Settler, One Bullet,” with “Settler” referring to the white South Africans.
“I saw this man kick open the door next to the stage, and holding his rifle from the hip, he opened up on us, spraying bullets across a wide arc into the packed congregation. But before he even opened fire, two other black men who seemed to be wearing some olive green uniforms lobbed two hand grenades into the center of the church,” an eyewitness reported.
One member of the congregation, a missionary named Charl Van Wyk, returned fire with a .38 special revolver, injuring one of the terrorists.
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