Zimbabwe says one police officer was killed and 78 injured in last month’s protests


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The government today said one police officer was killed and 78 injured in last month’s anti-government protests in what it said were a concerted attack against police officers.

The number of people killed is still not clear with some reports saying as many as 17 people were killed in the protests which were sparked by a 150 percent increase in the price of fuel.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, however, says the protests were pre-planned and well organised and were part of a regime change agenda.

He also says some foreigners were involved in organising the protests and their names and passport numbers have been submitted to their respective embassies.

According to figures released today, the Ministry of Information said 56 police officers were injured in Harare, 16 in Bulawayo, three in Manicaland and another three in Mashonaland East.

There were no injuries in the other provinces.

Opposition parties and non-governmental organisations have hammered the government for gross human rights violations accusing the security forces of being high-handed.

 

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