Two people were burned to death during xenophobic violence in Zambia's capital, the police have said in a statement. The riots started after rumours that Rwandans were behind recent ritual killings in the city. The police did not give the nationalities of those killed and urged people not to believe "false rumours".
More than 250 people have been arrested after more than 60 Rwandan-owned shops were looted in two days of violence. Six people have been murdered since March and their body parts removed.Rumours circulated that the body parts would be used as charms to ensure success in business.
Rwandans are the largest group of immigrants in Zambia, owning shops in the densely populated areas which have been affected by the riots.
They number about 6,000, and many of them came to Zambia as refugees fleeing the 1994 genocide by the Hutu on the Tutsi in their home country, which killed around one million people.
Young men ransacked shops. Riot police had to be deployed and many Rwandans fled to police stations to take shelter.
Two burned alive in Zambia Riots
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