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Xenophobia Shames S. Africa as Regional Leaders Meet

  • Looting, torching of foreign-owned shops in Johannesburg
  • Nigerian government says will take ‘definitive measures’
A man waves a stick in front a burning piece of furniture during a riot in the Johannesburg suburb of Turffontein on Sept. 2.

A man waves a stick in front a burning piece of furniture during a riot in the Johannesburg suburb of Turffontein on Sept. 2.

Photographer: Michele Spatari/AFP via Getty Images

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South Africa has been hit by an outbreak of attacks on migrants from other African countries as the nation prepared to host a meeting of political and business leaders from across the continent.

A spate of violence that broke out in suburbs south of Johannesburg’s city center on Sunday and spread to the central business district on Monday saw the destruction of more than 50 shops and business premises mainly owned by Africans from countries in the rest of the continent such as Nigeria and Somalia. Cars and properties were torched and widespread looting took place.