Madagascar mob lynches 2 Europeans
03 October 2013, 17:06
Antananarivo - A mob in Madagascar on Thursday killed two
Europeans suspected of mutilating and murdering a young boy at the country's
main tourist resort, security forces said.
Residents on Nosy Be island went on the rampage after the
missing eight-year-old was found dead with his genitals and tongue cut off,
according to assistant gendarmerie commander Guy Bobin Randriamaro.
"The rioters launched a manhunt and killed the
Europeans," Randriamaro told AFP from the capital Antananarivo.
Local police commissioner Honoya Tilahizandry said the pair
"were killed and burnt on Ambatoloaka beach", a popular palm-fringed
strand of white sand.
The two men were identified only as Sebastien and Roberto.
Their nationalities were not immediately clear. Officials
indicated that both men were French, but local witnesses said one may have been
The murder occurred after days of tension. Residents marched
on the paramilitary police station on Wednesday, convinced the boy's killer was
being held there.
Security forces say they fired shots in the air to disperse
the crowd, but at least one person died and two others were wounded.
The mob also torched eight houses.
"They suspected the two foreigners of being behind the
murder and trafficking human organs," said the gendarmerie's Randriamaro.
The two men "confessed under torture to having
trafficked organs", he added.
A witness told local media the rioters only targeted the two
men suspected of having ordered the boy's kidnapping, but left other foreigners
The French consulate discouraged its nationals from visiting
Nosy Be island "until order is restored, especially on the beaches".