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Foreign-owned shops targeted in South African looting spree
Foreign-owned shops targeted in South African looting spree

There’s an air of glee and abandon when the looting starts. South African police have been reported to stand by and watch – or even help – when township people attack the shops of foreign migrants and loot. The looters break open doors, tear down walls, flood in and grab what they can. The violence began last week, when a Somali shop owner, Alodixashi Sheikh Yusuf, pulled out a gun and confronted a group of youths who he said were attacking his shop in the Snake Park neighborhood of Soweto, apparently trying to rob him. He fired, killing a 14-year-old, Siphiwe Mahori. The killing triggered a wave of looting of foreign-owned shops and businesses owned by immigrants...

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