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Thursday, January 22, 2015

S.Africa police arrest 68 after looting of Pakistani, Somali shops

(Medeshi)-  JOHANNESBURG: South African police said Thursday they arrested 68 people after mobs went on a looting spree of grocery stores owned by foreign nationals, including Pakistanis, in Johannesburg´s Soweto township.


The violence erupted after a foreign shopkeeper shot dead a teenager who had tried to rob him on Monday night.

"Young boys wanted to rob a shop and the owner opened fire and killed one of them," police spokesman Kay Makhubela told AFP. "That made the community angry, and that´s what started all this."

At least 80 shops, most of them owned by Somalis and Pakistanis, have been looted over the past three days, the police said.

A second person was killed on Wednesday night, and police said they were still investigating the circumstances.

Amid widespread poverty and unemployment, frustration in Johannesburg´s run-down neighbourhoods often boils over into anti-immigrant violence.

In 2008, deadly xenophobic violence broke out around Johannesburg townships, killing 62 people.
thenews.com.pk