13 Whites, 1 Black, Arrested in Security Sweep, Attorneys Say
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP) _ Fourteen people have been arrested in one of the biggest security roundups directed mainly against whites in the eight years since independence, attorneys said Wednesday.
Attorneys in Bulawayo said 13 whites - 10 men and three women - and a black man had been detained since Sunday.
One of the lawyers, Hugh Bisset, said they have been denied access to their arrested clients. He said police told him no charges had been filed, but ″the matter concerns bombs and firearms.″
Police have not confirmed the arrests.
On Jan. 11, a car bomb exploded outside a house in suburban Bulawayo occupied by members of the African National Congress, the largest guerrilla organization fighting the South African government.
One of those detained Sunday, garage owner Rory Maguire, appeared in court in Bulawayo in September on charges involving the alleged smuggling of automobile parts worth $125,000 from South Africa and Botswana. He posted bail of $25,000 and was to reappear in court Jan. 26. Bulawayo is administrative capital of Matabeleland and Zimbabwe’s second largest city.
The single black arrested is employed by Maguire. Among the others arrested are farmers, their families and employees.
Authorities have launched security sweeps after each of a series of bomb and sabotage attacks against ANC targets in the capital, Harare. Last week’s car bombing was the first such attack in Bulawayo.