Two killed as foreign-owned shops targeted in S Africa
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.