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Indian Police Arrest 3 in Alleged Gang Rape of American Tourist

Hitchhiking leads to assault

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Indian police said they arrested three men Thursday in connection with the alleged gang rape of an American tourist this week in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

The 30-year-old American reportedly was unable to find a taxi on her way back to Manali, a vacation destination in the Himalayan foothills, about 1 a.m. and decided to hitchhike back to her hotel. The woman told police that a truck driver and two accomplices drove her to a secluded spot, raped her for over an hour, then stole her cellphone, camera and cash before leaving her by the side of the road.

Himachal Pradesh police said in a statement that three men, all Nepalis, were arrested Thursday morning after the woman gave a description of the alleged assailants and their truck, a type known as a mini tipper resembling a compact dump truck, commonly used to carry construction materials.

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