MOB VANDALISES ZAMBIAN POLICE STATION, FREES 27 SUSPECTS FROM CELLS

LUSAKA, Zambian Police say 27 suspects have been unlawfully released from police custody after an angry mob vandalised and ravaged the Lukulu Police station in Western province, about 600 kilometres west of here, during a riot over the weekend.

The riots took place in the wake of a report that a suspec had died in police custody shortly after being picked up for unlawful possession of an AK 47 rifle on Saturday.

Police Spokesperson Charity Munganga who confirmed the news to the Zambian national Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) Sunday said three police officers sustained serious injuries in facing the rioters.

She said the suspect, identified as Mubika Nyanga, 36, of Chimbanda area was picked up by police after a tip-off from the public but was injured when he jumped out of the police vehicle in an attempt to escape.

She added that Nyanga was later taken to Lukulu District Hospital by police but died at the hospital.

Munganga said some residents of Lukulu turned their anger against police, looting, vandalising and breaking locks to the cells holding the 27 suspects who included remandees.

Source: ZNBC