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Seller of Zimbabwe PM’s book arrested

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – The Zimbabwe prime minister’s party says police have arrested a book store owner for trying to sell their party leader’s biography allegedly with “seditious material” hidden in the pages.

The party said Saturday in a statement that police allege the books, at a store in the northwestern resort of Victoria Falls, contained a hit list of rival politicians in the nation’s bitterly divided three-year coalition along with political fliers.

It said copies of Morgan Tsvangirai’s “In at the Deep End” were seized. The store owner, who denies the allegations, was arrested Friday.

Tsvangirai’s party insisted Saturday police “planted” the materials in the books at the local police station in a smear campaign. Police officials were not immediately available for comment.

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