- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A prosecutor in south-central Idaho is refuting allegations circulating on social media and conspiracy-oriented websites that three young Syrian refugees raped a girl at knifepoint.

Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs says charges have been filed in a case involving children in a laundry room at a Twin Falls apartment building. Loebs wouldn’t give further details about the charges, saying records are sealed because of their ages.

But he says no gang rape occurred and no Syrian refugees were involved. Anti-refugee activists argue police didn’t respond quickly to the allegations and claim a boy videotaped the attack.

Several residents demanded more information be released during a Twin Falls City Council meeting last week and asked if the city was involved in a cover-up. Loebs denies the claims.

Opposition to refugee resettlement has grown in Twin Falls amid national debate over vetting refugees fleeing war-torn Syria. Attacks in the U.S. and Paris have increased concerns.

Twin Falls has a refugee resettlement center, but no Syrians have used it. A petition seeking to close it failed to gain enough signatures to make the November ballot.

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