Six arrested after Somali shop owner killed

2015-04-02 15:58
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Johannesburg - Six people have been arrested following a Somali shop owner's murder in Soshanguve, Gauteng police said on Thursday.

The shop owner and another man were killed in the incident on Tuesday night, said Colonel Katlego Mogale.

She said the attack on the man and his assistant in their shop in an informal settlement was not motivated by xenophobia, but was "sheer hooliganism".

"It's those people who hide behind the fact that it's foreigners against locals," she said.

A group of people came to the shop and an altercation broke out. The owner fired shots and one man was fatally wounded. Residents then arrived and attacked the owner and his assistant, killing the owner. The assistant was taken to hospital.

The six were arrested on Wednesday.

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