7 foreigners held with illegal firearms

2014-03-04 21:08


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Johannesburg - Seven Somalians have been arrested in Pienaar, near Nelspruit, for possession of illegal firearms, Mpumalanga police said on Tuesday.

"Seven Somali shop owners were arrested after police found them with 12 illegal firearms during riots in Pienaar," said Colonel Leonard Hlathi.

He said the arrests followed the death of a schoolboy, who was shot dead, allegedly by a Somali shop owner. The pupil was buried on Sunday.

"On Sunday night, residents of Pienaar went to loot shops owned by Somali nationals in the area," said Hlathi.

He said 21 people were arrested for public violence.

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