Rampaging gunmen in South Africa ambushed and wiped out an entire family of ten in their home outside the city of Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal province.
Police were called to the house in the township of Imbali by neighbours who heard shooting in the early hours of the morning during a power cut.
It is unclear what was the motive of the murder.
According to initial reports, they were ambushed by unknown gunmen in their home in the city of Pietermaritzburg in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province, police said.
Officers said gunmen had entered the house killing seven women and three men inside.
Police Minister Bheki Cele and the top management from the South African police force are visiting the crime scene, local media say.
Mr Cele recently admitted that the country had a serious problem with gun violence.
This is the second mass shooting in KwaZulu-Natal this week after four other people were shot and killed on Thursday in a home in KwaMashu, north of the port city of Durban.
South Africa has one of the highest homicide rates in the world and there has been a spate of mass shootings in recent years.
Eight people were fatally shot at a birthday party in the south coast city of Gqeberha in January. Last year, 16 died in a mass shooting at a bar in the Johannesburg township of Soweto when a group of armed men, some of them wielding rifles, opened fire on customers.