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Xenophobic attacks in South Africa (file image courtesy: Getty)

A Nigerian has been killed and two others injured in South Africa, just a few days after people from the West African country were attacked.

Spokesperson for Nigerian Union South Africa, Odefa Ikele, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.

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Ikele said the incident that led to the death of Chikamso Ufordi, who hailed from the Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State and injuries sustained by the two others happened at about 7pm on Saturday, in Nigel.

“One of the witnesses informed us that the deceased, Mr Chikamso Ufordi, from Awgu LGA Enugu State was trailed by some unknown gun men, and was shot point blank while in his car with two other Nigerian friends.

“His friends also sustained injuries, but the late Chikamso died immediately before help could arrive from the province’s Emergency Medical Services team.

“The injured were rushed to the nearest hospital. A case of murder and attempted murder has already been opened at Nigel Police Cluster,’’ Ikele told NAN.

Three Nigerians were among other foreign nationals who, on October 22, suffered fresh xenophobic attacks on foreigners in different locations of Witbank, Mpumanlaga Province, South Africa.

The October 22 attacks came on the heels of efforts by Presidents Muhammadu Buhari and Cyril Ramaphosa to ensure they found amicable and lasting solution to xenophobia in the latter’s country.

During the visit, Buhari condemned the xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg, South Africa where many shops belonging to foreigners were looted.

Speaking also, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa apologised over the attacks, and restated his administration’s “deep regret at the incidents of public violence.”

Over 600 Nigerians have since returned to the country from South Africa after the xenophobic attacks in Johannesburg.