South Africa closes missions in Nigeria over xenophobic attacks

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South Africa Thursday said it has closed its diplomatic missions in Lagos and Abuja after reprisal attacks on some of its businesses.

South Africa Foreign Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor told Reuters that the closure was necessary after series of attacks on foreign-owned businesses in South Africa caused a diplomatic spat.

She said South Africa was in constant contact with Nigerian authorities to restore calm, adding there was no provision in local laws for compensation for damage caused in the attacks.

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