Foreigners have fled South African township of Soweto following xenophobic attacks which killed three people on Wednesday.
Violence broke out after locals accused a Somali shop owner of shooting a teenager and his friend who allegedly tried to break into his store.
The Police today said three people were killed during looting in Johannesburg’s sprawling Soweto township.
The police also confirmed that 27 people have so far been arrested in the violence, which had a xenophobic component.
“I can confirm that two were shot and one was stabbed,” police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said on local television channel eNCA.
“The number of arrests has risen up to 27,” he added – two for murder and most of the others for the public violence that broke out on Wednesday.
Dlamini said some foreign nationals living in Soweto had taken refuge in a police station for fear of being targeted.