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South Africa: 68 Arrested for Soweto Violence

Looters make off with goods from a store in Soweto, South Africa, Thursday, Jan 22, 2015. About 70 people in South Africa have been arrested because of violent protests and looting, much of which was aimed at shops owned by nationals from other African countries, local media reported Thursday. (AP Photo)
Looters make off with goods from a store in Soweto, South Africa, Thursday, Jan 22, 2015. About 70 people in South Africa have been arrested because of violent protests and looting, much of which was aimed at shops owned by nationals from other African countries, local media reported Thursday. (AP Photo)

 

Johannesburg (All Africa) — Sixty-eight people have been arrested in Soweto this week for looting and violence, Gauteng’s police commissioner said on Thursday.

“Police have arrested a total of 68 people and recovered eight unlicensed firearms during public violence and looting of foreign nationals in Soweto,” Lt-Gen Lesetja Mothiba told reporters in Johannesburg.

Eight of those were foreign nationals who were found in possession of seven unlicensed firearms.

Charges against those arrested included murder, attempted murder, public violence, and robbery.

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