RSS Feeds

Liberian policemen suspected of gang raping teen

Friday - 7/13/2012, 10:02am  ET

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Authorities in Liberia say a group of police officers in the West African country are suspected of repeatedly gang raping a 16-year-old girl and holding her hostage for several days.

Police spokesman George Bardue told state-run Liberia Broadcasting System on Friday that the officers based in the northern town of Voinjama have been recalled to the capital Monrovia to face an investigation.

The men _ whose exact number was not immediately clear _ are suspected of sexually abusing and holding the girl as a prisoner in their dormitory for several days.

A senator from the region bordering Guinea, George Tengbeh, also confirmed the alleged gang rape and called for a thorough investigation.

Rape remains prevalent in Liberia following 14 years of brutal civil war which ended in 2003.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)