Two killed as for­eign-owned shops tar­geted in S Africa

The Nation - - WORLD -

Two peo­ple have been killed in the South African town­ship of Soweto, po­lice said, in an out­break of ri­ot­ing and loot­ing tar­get­ing for­eign-owned shops.

At­tacks against for­eign­ers in the coun­try have erupted reg­u­larly in re­cent years, fu­elled by high un­em­ploy­ment and poverty.

“Two peo­ple were killed and two peo­ple were ar­rested. One was ar­rested for mur­der and one for at­tempted mur­der,” po­lice spokesman Lun­gelo Dlamini said.

He con­firmed that the shops looted in the White City dis­trict of Soweto, out­side Jo­han­nes­burg, were for­eign-owned, but de­clined to give na­tion­al­i­ties.

Lo­cal me­dia said So­ma­lis were among those tar­geted af­ter a So­mali shop­keeper al­legedly opened fire on rob­bers.

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