15 Apr 2015

10 Nigerians killed in xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Ten Nigerians are feared dead after angry South Africans launched a xenophobic attack on African migrants in Johannesburg on Friday April 10th, a report has disclosed.

Reports surfaced on Friday that at least twenty people described as foreign nationals have been killed in a wave of xenophobic violence in the South African city of Durban. Local media reported without naming the countries affected.

Reports surfaced on Tuesday, naming the affected migrants as 10 Nigerians, 5 Gabonese, 10 Somalis and 5 Congolese who were killed with some of their bodies set ablaze during the attack.

Residents looted shops owned by foreigners on Thursday, with one Somali shopkeeper now fighting for his life.

Hundreds of people from Malawi, Burundi, Zimbabwe and Congo have reportedly fled their homes in the past two weeks.

Reports claims, the South Africans say their anger is that black migrants from other African countries are taking all the jobs available to young men in their country, leaving them, the citizens jobless, and slowly taking over their economy.

The South African police is currently patrolling the city to avert further attacks on shops owned by immigrants from other African countries.

Malawian government has concluded plans to repatriate its citizens in South Africa following the increased rate of xenophobic attacks.

Credit: Nigerian Times

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