South African business owners petrol bomb immigrant shop

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Posted: Feb 27, 2015 11:41 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police say a foreigner was seriously injured when his shop was petrol bombed.

The man's shop was attacked by South African small business owners on Thursday night, said police spokesman Kay Makhubela on Friday. He said police arrested nine South Africans, who were demanding that the foreigner close his shop and leave the area.

In a separate incident, police arrested four foreigners for possessing illegal firearms, said Makhubela. The immigrant business owners fired shots in the air after they were accosted by another group of local business owners, demanding they close shop, said Makhubela.

Both incidents happened in Soweto in Johannesburg, where immigrant-owned shops were looted for several days in January after a Somali shop owner shot and killed a 14-year-old boy.