TWO men allegedly strangled a 17-year-old girl and dragged her into a bushy area in Bulawayo’s Pumula suburb where they tore her underwear with a knife before se_xually attacking and robbing her.
A source close to investigations said the teenager left home with two buckets to fetch water from a borehole.
“She left home at 6pm and headed to a nearby borehole to fetch water. She filled two buckets and left the other a few metres away from the borehole. She took the other one home,” said the source.
When she returned to fetch it, two unknown men pounced on her.
“They grabbed her before strangling her. They quickly blindfolded her with a scarf while dragging her to a nearby bush,” said the source.
The source went on to say one of the men shoved a cloth into her mouth.
“They took an item similar to a universal charger and placed it on her back leaving her feeling weak.
“One of the suspects tore her underwear with a knife. After that they took turns to rape her,” said the source.
After se_xually attacking the minor, the source said, they took her two cellphones and ran away.
“They took her two cellphones — a Vodafone and a Nokia Asher — all her gadgets cost US$90,”said the source.
Deputy Bulawayo police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele said: “We are investigating a case where two unknown men who are on the run raped and robbed a 17-year-old girl at a borehole last week on Thursday at around 6pm in Pumula South suburb. We would like to urge members of the public to go in groups when going to fetch water.”
Asst Insp Msebele appealed to anyone with information on the whereabouts of the two suspects who are on the run to contact their nearest police station.