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U.S. embassy in Zambia raises `crime alert’ level


Lusaka – The U.S. embassy in the Zambian on Friday issued a new high crime alert for Zambia cautioning its citizens in the country following a recent incident in which some Americans were robbed and sexually assaulted.

The embassy said it was concerned about the latest crime, especially because of the violent nature of the attack.

“The U.S. embassy would like to inform you of an armed robbery and sexual assault that occurred in the Ibex Hill area of Lusaka over the weekend.
“The embassy would like to remind members of the community that Zambia continues to be rated ‘high’ for crime.

“This crime is especially concerning because of the violent nature of the attack,” the Embassy stated.

According to the embassy, a group of three individuals were robbed at gunpoint and one was sexually assaulted early Saturday and two members of the group were U.S. citizens.
The group was driving to one of their residences in Ibex Hill near the embassy in Lusaka when they were followed by silver Range Rover Sport without a licence plate.
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They were pursued in their car and eventually forced to pull over when they entered a street without an exit and one of the perpetrators of the crime was armed with a pistol and another with an axe.

“Money and phones were stolen from all in the group, the man was beaten, and one woman was abducted and sexually assaulted at gunpoint,” the embassy said.

The embassy said a similar incident occurred in July when the victim’s vehicle was forced to a stop and blocked by a stolen vehicle driven by four armed men.
The assailants robbed all four passengers and the driver at gunpoint and the two female passengers were sexually assaulted. (PANA/NAN)

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