Somali-national shops looted in Port Elizabeth

2013-09-16 08:55

Several shops belonging to Somali nationals in KwaZakhele and New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, were looted and burnt at the weekend.

Brigadier Marinda Mills said at least 10 shops were attacked.

“Two shops at Ntintili Street were looted and burnt, and a vehicle that was parked outside the shop was set alight,” Mills said today.

Several other shops were targeted yesterday.

Police had since moved some foreign nationals out of the area.

The attacks followed the arrest of a Somali man after he allegedly shot and killed a man outside a shop on Saturday evening.

“According to a witness, there was an argument between the suspect and the victim. The police arrested the suspect and the firearm used ... was recovered,” said Mills.

The man was expected to appear in court soon.

Meanwhile, police had been deployed to patrol the area.

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