Rwandans in Zambia told to avoid risks after looting, as president Lungu condemns ‘acts of murder’ in riots

The riots have reportedly claimed five lives so far of suspects beaten and burnt to death

RWANDA’S High Commission in Zambia has urged its citizens there “to be alert and avoid unnecessary risks” after looting of foreign-owned shops in the capital, Lusaka.

“There has been increased deployment of police presence even in areas not affected yesterday,” Abel Buhungu, the Charge d’Affaires at the Rwanda High Commission said in comments on his Twitter account.

Zambians on Monday looted foreign-owned shops in low-income areas around Lusaka, mostly owned by Rwandan residents, over suspicions of links to recent ritual murders.

At least six bodies have been discovered since last month, with body parts including hearts, genitals and ears removed.

The looting of the foreign-owned shops in low-income areas in the southern African nation’s capital, spread to other parts of the town, the ruling Patriotic Front party said on a statement on its Facebook page on Tuesday.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu condemned “acts of murder” during the riots, that may have claimed five lives.

“The riots have reportedly claimed five lives so far of suspects beaten and burnt to death,” it said.

-Bloomberg

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