WORLD BRIEFING / SOUTH AFRICA

Times Wire Reports

Police say an officer guarding former President Nelson Mandela's home shot and killed himself outside the anti-apartheid leader's Johannesburg house.

Police spokesman Sally De Beer said Mandela was home at the time of the apparent suicide but was never in danger. The officer was assigned to guard the perimeter of the house and was not part of the former president's bodyguard.

De Beer said the officer shot himself in the guardhouse outside the home.

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