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Over 200 arrested in Zambia amid anti-Rwandan attacks

In this photo taken Thursday, April 7 2016 a burnt out vehicle lays on it's roof in Lusaka, Zambia. On Wednesday April 20, 2016 police arrested over 250 people for alledgedly attacking Rwandan nationals and looting their stores in violence that police said killed two people in ritual killings that started in March. (AP Photo/Moses Mwape)

In this photo taken Thursday, April 7 2016 a burnt out vehicle lays on it's roof in Lusaka, Zambia. On Wednesday April 20, 2016 police arrested over 250 people for alledgedly attacking Rwandan nationals and looting their stores in violence that police said killed two people in ritual killings that started in March. (AP Photo/Moses Mwape)  (The Associated Press)

Police in Zambia arrested over 200 people for allegedly attacking Rwandan nationals and looting their shops in the capital.

Some Lusaka residents had been protesting a spate of ritual killings blamed on Rwandans. The ritual killings started in March with several bodies, mainly of men, found with parts missing.

Police say about 11 people have been arrested in connection with ritual murders of about seven people.

The riots started on Monday in densely populated areas with resident looting shops owned by Rwandese nationals. About 62 shops were destroyed. Youths stood by a car that had been overturned and burned.

Most of the Rwandans were refugees following the 1994 genocide. Most of the 6,500 Rwandans in Zambia trade goods.

Rwanda charge d'affaires Abel Buhungu commended police for their swift action.