Xenophobic riots erupt in Zambia over ritual killings

Xenophobic riots erupt in Zambia over ritual killings
April 20 08:35 2016

Residents of the Zambian capital
 Lusaka on Monday looted shops
belonging to foreigners, accusing
them of involvement in ritual
killings, police said.

The xenophobic attacks
reportedly started at a house and
a shop belonging to an
entrepreneur from Rwanda in the
low-income Zingalume 
neighbourhood.
They then spread to nearby
Chunga neighbourhood.
Zingalume residents stoned police,
who responded with tear gas.

The
relentless rioting forced police to
seek reinforcements.
The rioting followed the discovery
of a mutilated body in Zingalume
on Saturday.
Four suspects were arrested on
Sunday.
The discovery was the sixth of its
kind in or near the two
neighbourhoods in two months.

The victims are believed to have
been killed to obtain body parts
for use in rituals aimed at
obtaining wealth or power.
“The residents, who were chanting slogans,
have accused us, the police, of not providing
enough security to them.
“Now they are saying these foreign
businessmen are behind the ritual killings.
“We appeal for calm, as police are still
investigating these murders, and all those
behind them will be brought to book,’’ police
spokesperson Charity Munganga-Chanda said.

(dpa/NAN)