12 held in Soweto after teen shot dead

2015-01-20 17:42


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Johannesburg - At least 12 people were arrested in Dobsonville, Soweto on Tuesday, after a teenager was shot dead, Gauteng police said.

Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said a foreign national allegedly shot dead a teenager and injured another when a group of boys attempted to rob his shop on Monday afternoon around 16:30.

The teenager died at the scene and the injured was taken to hospital.

"A foreign shop owner was arrested for murder and attempted murder. An unlicensed firearm was recovered," he said.

The incident sparked violence in which foreign owned shops were looted and streets blockaded.

Seven people were arrested for public violence and looting shops.

Makhubela said while the police were bring the situation under control they received information that some foreign nationals were shooting at the people.

"We arrested four foreign nationals for possession of unlicensed firearm."

He said in total four unlicensed firearms were recovered.

All arrested people were expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate's Court soon, he said.

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