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One killed, dozen injured in new Johannesburg violence

At least one person was killed and five others injured in Johannesburg on Sunday after security forces clashed with looters in the latest outbreak of xenophobic violence.

South Africa's biggest city and other areas were hit by a surge of attacks against businesses owned by migrants in the last week, leaving at least 10 people dead and prompting protests from several African countries.

Riot police fired stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets on Sunday to break up crowds targeting shops in the city's Central Business District police said.

"We can confirm one person was reported dead," police spokesman Xolani Fihla told AFP news agency. "We can't confirm the cause of death." 

Five more people were reported injured, Captain Kay Makhubele, a national police force official, told eNCA news.

Police later said on Twitter the business district, Jeppestown, and Hillbrow neighbourhoods were under control.
Al Jazeera's Fahmida Miller, reporting from Johannesburg, said local residents were concerned about "continued looting and attacks".

"There is great concern that this violence is going to escalate, with much of the violence having been fuelled by rumours," Miller said.

"People are scared and frustrated - many say they want an end to this violence but there are those who say they are willing to retaliate."

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