Tourist raped in Fiji

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A Canadian tourist was raped in Fiji when three men armed with knives burst into the room where she was staying with her husband, police said on Friday.

The attack on the couple at Rakiraki, on the north of the main island Viti Levu, took place on Monday night, a police spokeswoman said.

“The couple were in their room when they were robbed and the woman was allegedly raped,” she told AFP via email.

The spokeswoman said a police task force was immediately established and ordered to conduct a round-the-clock investigation, resulting in the arrest of two men on Wednesday.

She said the couple had returned to Canada, but the police investigation was continuing.

The Pacific island nation, which has been run by a military-dominated government since a coup in 2006, is a popular spot for holidaymakers and is generally considered safe.

Tourism is a mainstay of the economy, attracting about 650 000 visitors in 2012 - mostly from Australia and New Zealand - and generating about FJ$1.3-billion ($793-million) in revenue, according to official data. - Sapa-AFP


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