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Tensions flare, looting spreads after Soweto teen shot

Police say the looting of shops owned by foreign nationals has spread to more areas in Soweto.

Police have been deployed to Snake Park where foreign owned shops have been looted by angry residents on 20 January 2015. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police say the looting of shops owned by foreign nationals has spread to more areas in Soweto after clashes broke out in Doornkop following the shooting of a teenage boy.

There have been reports of attacks on shops overnight in Emdeni, Zola and Protea Glen.

It's understood a shop owner shot the 14-year-old on Monday after he and a group of youngsters attempted to rob his shop.

The police's Kay Makhubela says they've arrested several people in connection with last night's incidents.

"The community members are also saying the foreign shop owners must move out from the area so they've been looting their properties. We've maintained the situation and managed to arrest some of the suspects."

The shop owner arrested in connection with the teen's murder is expected to appear in court later today.

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