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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.


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