HARARE, Zimbabwe — Armed dissidents slaughtered 16 church workers and their families, including two Americans, in an nighttime attack in Zimbabwe's troubled southwestern region of Matabeleland, missionaries said Thursday.
The missionaries said that four anti-government rebels attacked the Community of Reconciliation mission station near the city of Bulawayo late Wednesday.
The 16 victims, one black and 15 whites, including an American couple and an Australian, were shot and axed before their bodies were burned, they said. The victims' names were not immediately available, pending notification of their families.
The missionaries said they were asked to arrange funerals in Bulawayo for four men, six women and six children, the youngest of whom was only 6 weeks old.