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Foreign-owned shops looted in PE

Port Elizabeth police are keeping an eye on two communities following sporadic violence.

FILE: One of the shops looted in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, after two Zimbabweans were killed on 26 May 2013. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The situation in two informal settlements in Port Elizabeth remains volatile.

Police say violence erupted on Thursday morning in the Timothy Valley and Green Fields settlements.

A bus has also been torched, while several foreign-owned shops in the area were looted earlier this this week.

More than 20 people have already been arrested.

The police's Stanley Jarvis says residents have been throwing stones at police.

Jarvis says police attended to a scene where a "spaza" shop was set alight.

Earlier this week foreign-owned shops were looted in Diepsloot in Johannesburg.

Over 45 people were arrested after numerous spaza shops were looted by angry commuters earlier this week.

Violence broke out in Diepsloot over the weekend after a Somali shop owner allegedly shot and killed two Zimbabwean men who were allegedly trying to rob him.

The suspect has since been arrested.

Some Diepsloot residents have since called on the government to place foreigners in camps as they believe they are killing small businesses.

The government has condemned the violence, calling it a criminal activity.

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