April 22, 2015 / 7:44 AM / 3 years ago

Eleven held in South Africa in crackdown on anti-foreigner violence

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African authorities arrested 11 men in Johannesburg late on Tuesday suspected of involvement in violence against immigrants, local television news reported.

Displaced foreigners sit behind razor wire surrounding a tented refugee centre in Primrose near Johannesburg, April 22, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

The men were held during a joint raid by the police and army on a Johannesburg hostel, it said on Wednesday.

A wave of anti-immigrant violence has so far claimed seven lives in trouble spots in Durban and Johannesburg, to where the government announced the deployment of defense forces on Tuesday.

Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana; editing by John Stonestreet

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