Two black policemen and a civilian were shot to death in Soweto by assailants using an automatic rifle, police said Saturday.

A third policeman suffered a bullet wound in the chest and was hospitalized in serious but stable condition after the attack late Friday in the huge township outside Johannesburg, police said.The civilian was described as a 45-year-old black man who happened to be in the area at the time of the attack. None of the victims' names was released.

Police said the attackers used a Soviet-made AK-47 rifle.