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South Africa: 11 arrested, suspected of violence against immigrants


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South Africa: 11 arrested, suspected of violence against immigrants

Police in Johannesburg have arrested eleven men, suspected of involvement in recent bouts of violence against immigrants.

Local media reported the army and police joined forces for a raid on an all-male hostel in South Africa’s largest city.

The residence is described as a base for one of the groups believed to have incited xenophobic attacks, attacked buildings and blocked traffic throughout Johannesburg.

Authorities say alcohol, marijuana and electrical equipment – presumed stolen – were found during the raid, as well as a number of weapons.

The government has deployed defence forced in parts of the city deemed hot spots for anti-immigrant violence.

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