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27 Feb 2017

Author:
Maggie Fick & Joseph Cotterill, Financial Times (UK)

Nigeria:Protesters vandalise MTN office in Abuja in response to xenophobic attacks in So. Africa

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"MTN targeted as xenophobia surges in Nigeria and So. Africa", 23 Feb 2017

Nigerian protesters attacked the head office of MTN, the South African mobile phone company, in Abuja on Thursday as a wave of xenophobic violence in Africa’s two largest economies increased. The unrest in the Nigerian capital followed a spate of attacks on Nigerian-owned businesses in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital, and the business centre of Johannesburg this week, in that country’s worst flare-up of anti-foreigner rioting in years...According to a spokesman for MTN, the protesters stormed its offices and stole phones, vandalised equipment and attacked customers. The violence underscores the fragile relationship between Africa’s political and economic powerhouses.