India police say three held over US tourist gang-rape

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Indian police arrested three men Thursday over the gang-rape of a US tourist who was attacked after she hitched a ride in a truck, an officer told AFP.

The 30-year-old American accepted a lift on Monday night in Manali, a tourist destination in the foothills of the Himalayas, after struggling to find a taxi to return to her hotel.

The truck driver and two accomplices then abducted her and took her to a secluded spot where they raped her for over an hour, she told police.

“Three men have been arrested in connection with the rape,” Vinod Dhawan, police chief of Kullu district in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, where the incident occurred, said by telephone.

Dhawan said he would give more details on the arrests at a news conference later on Thursday.

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