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Looting of foreign-owned shops spreads across Soweto

Violent protests erupted in Doornkop overnight which then fanned out into Emdeni, Zola and Protea Glen.

One of the foreign-owned shops that was looted in Zola, Soweto after a teenager was gunned down on Monday. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Several foreign-owned shops in Zola have been left empty after the initial looting of businesses in Doornkop spread to other areas in the township.

A teenager from the area was gunned down on Monday by a foreign shop owner, triggering protests.

Police say the teenager was among a group of boys who robbed one of the stores in the area.

The shop owner has been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing the teen.

Violent protests erupted overnight which then fanned out into Emdeni, Zola and Protea Glen.

An Ethiopian shop owner in Zola described to Eyewitness News how angry residents broke into his store last night.

Ermi Jorgo says he feared for his life while listening to residents break down his wall.

"I'm very sad and I feel we are not animals, we are human beings."

Jorgo's store was vandalised and emptied.

He says he doesn't know why his shop was targeted as he's done nothing wrong and is merely trying to make an honest living for his family.

Meanwhile, another teenage boy is recovering in hospital after being wounded in Monday's shooting.

Soweto police have arrested around 16 people following the attacks on foreigners.