Police are calling for witnesses after a 16-year-old was gang raped near Liverpool Library on Saturday night.
Superintendent Peter Gillam said at about 9.20pm a girl was in front of the library using the council's free wireless internet.
‘‘A group of six African males approached her and engaged in a conversation before they led her to a nearby car park stairwell,’’ he said.
‘‘Unfortunately then, we believe, two of those males sexually assaulted the young girl and afterwards she returned to the library’s forecourt where she notified a bystander.’’
Superintendent Gillam said the girl was traumatised but was assisting police with their inquiries.
‘‘We believe at this point in the investigation, the conversation revolved around the men knowing a mutual friend of the girl and that they could take her to the friend,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m obviously very disgusted. It’s something that shouldn’t happen in Liverpool or anywhere.’’
Superintendent Gillam said police do not believe the attack was targeted, only that ‘‘it was an opportunistic event’’.
All six males have been described only as being of African appearance and aged in their 20s.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.