Zimbabwe police probe abduction of activist

Zimbabwean police said Wednesday they were investigating the abduction of an anti-government activist, which the opposition attributes to state security agents.

"Mr Itai Dzamara's wife reported that he was abducted by five male adults on Monday," police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said.

Civil rights activists and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai attribute the abduction of the former journalist, who has called on President Robert Mugabe to step down, to security agents.

"We are in no doubt as to the perpetrators of this abduction. We hold Mugabe and his regime responsible for this morbid and senseless act," Tsvangirai said.

Noel Kututwa, a southern Africa deputy director for Amnesty International, called the abduction "deeply alarming."

In December, Dzamara sustained injuries while police were repressing a protest rally that he had organized.

Mugabe, 91, is the only leader Zimbabweans have known since independence from Britain in 1980.