Four killed as South Africans loot immigrants’ shops

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Four people were killed and shops were looted and burnt as violence between residents and foreign nationals escalated in Durban.

Those killed include an Ethiopian, whose shop was petrol bombed last week, an African immigrant whose nationality was not immediately known and two South Africans, police spokesman Thulani Zwane said on Monday.

Police said 28 people have been arrested for looting and torching immigrants’ shops and were due to appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court.

Hundreds of people fled their homes after the violence broke out two weeks ago, while police said 28 people have been arrested for looting and torching immigrants’ shops.

“We received reports that some of the shops belonging to foreign nationals were looted and some of them were burnt down overnight,” Zwane said.

South Africa, with a population of about 50 million, is home to an estimated 5 million immigrants.

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