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Two burnt to death in xenophobic attacks in Zambia

Two burnt to death in xenophobic attacks in Zambia


Two people were burnt to death in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on Monday in xenophobic attacks, the police have said.

The attacks were prompted by rumours that Rwandans were behind recent ritual killings in the city.

The police said the two were burnt in Kanyama, a slum in the capital, but did not give their nationalities.

The violence started on Monday in Lusaka after the body parts of at least six people were reportedly discovered.

The attacks escalated and spread to the mostly poor suburbs of the capital on Tuesday.

Scores of people looted shops and houses belonging to Rwandans forcing most of them to seek shelter at police stations.

Calm was however restored to the capital on Wednesday.

The police have arrested 11 people so far for their roles in the alleged ritual murders and at least 256 others for rioting.

The xenophobic attacks come just months ahead of the country’s presidential election scheduled for August 11.