Three dead in Zimbabwe protests over alleged election fraud

August 01, 2018

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Supporters of Zimbabwe's MDC party demonstrate outside ZANU PF headquarters in Harare on Wednesday, as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. — AFP
Supporters of Zimbabwe's MDC party demonstrate outside ZANU PF headquarters in Harare on Wednesday, as protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. — AFP
An injured man reacts as soldiers disperse demonstrators in Harare. — AFP
An injured man reacts as soldiers disperse demonstrators in Harare. — AFP

Three people were killed in protests in Zimbabwe on Wednesday after the army opened fire in central Harare during demonstrations over alleged fraud in the country's elections.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the unfortunate deaths of three people during the riots and melee which occurred in Harare Central business district,” police spokeswoman Charity Charamba told state television.

The MDC opposition party condemned the army for opening fire on protesters "for no apparent reason".

“We saw the deployment of military tanks and the firing of live ammunition for no apparent reason. We condemn in the strongest sense the action taken today,” MDC spokesman Nkululeko Sibanda told reporters.