JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African media say about 70 people have been arrested in because of violent protests and looting, much of which was aimed at shops owned by nationals from other African countries.
The South African Press Association said Thursday that residents began looting shops and attacking foreign nationals in the Soweto area of Johannesburg after a teenager was allegedly shot dead by a foreign shop owner on Monday. The 14-year-old boy was reportedly in a group that tried to rob the shop.
Witnesses say the targeted shops include those owned by Ethiopians, Somalis as well as Pakistanis. Local media are quoting some foreign shop owners as saying they have left the area.
Police say they have sent reinforcements to stop the looting.