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South Africa's anti-immigrant violence spreads to Cape Town

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Ongoing anti-immigrant attacks in South Africa continue to spread, as violence flared for the first time in Cape Town, sparking worries about the damage to the nation's tourist economy.

Agence France-Presse reports that immigrants and foreign-owned shops were attacked Thursday in a slum in Cape Town, a major tourist draw on the southwest coast of South Africa. Rioting had previously been confined largely to where they began 12 days ago, in the Johannesburg area in the northeast.

Since the antiimmigrant violence in South Africa began last week, at least 42 people have been killed and 25,000 have been driven from their homes. The attacks in Cape Town have officials worried about the threat to the tourist trade, Reuters reports. The violence may also damage the country's plans to host international soccer's premier tournament, the World Cup, in 2010.

However, CNN reports that the South African police and the South African National Defense Force said in a statement that their first joint operation in response to the violence was "extremely successful." The operation targeted three hostels in the Johannesburg area, resulting in 28 arrests and the seizure of marijuana, guns, and suspected stolen property. South African President Thabo Mbeki Wednesday authorized the military's mobilization to aid the police.


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