HAPPENING NOW: Lagos protester shot dead as mob burns van over xenophobic attacks

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Police operatives have shot dead a protester at the Circle Mall, Jakande in the Lekki area of Lagos State over the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

A police van was set ablaze by an angry mob that had stormed the mall.

A video posted on Twitter and confirmed by some residents showed a body on the floor as gunshots rent the air.

Another video showed a police van burning.

A third clip filmed by a motorist showed a man masked with a handkerchief wielding a cutlass.

“What is happening? Why are all these boys doing like this? Are they fighting the police or Shoprite?” the motorist said.

An actress, Belindah Effah, who was caught in the fracas, claimed that hoodlums had hijacked the protest.

She added that the men had been attacking motorists and called for government’s help.

“Jakande area is very unsafe right now; Area boys everywhere. Everyone ran and left their cars just now.

“As I was about to run out, the boys carrying machetes and stones told me it’s not me they are after, they are looking for South Africans to kill.

“These same boys vandalised some cars. I saw one of them stone a car and broke the windshield.

“After a while, they came to our car and asked for some money. They have blocked the Jakande Road and passengers are so afraid. Government please come to our aid,” she wrote on Twitter.

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