Seven held after double murder off Madagascar
23 August 2016, 19:24
Ile de Sainte-Marie - Police
investigating the double murder of two French volunteers on an island
off Madagascar have arrested seven suspects.
four people who were at the same nightclub as the two victims on Sunday,
but have not yet established a firm link to the murders.
Thierry Rajaona Lauret, who is running the investigation, said three
more suspects - a French national living on the resort island of Sainte
Marie, and two Madagascans - were arrested on Tuesday.
There is "no doubt" the two volunteers were murdered, police said. "We just need to determine a motive."
bodies of the two French citizens, a man and a woman aged in their 20s,
were found on Sunday on a beach of Sainte Marie with head injuries.
They had been volunteering at Cetamada, a local environmental non-profit organisation working to protect ocean mammals.
to authorities on Sainte Marie, an island famous for eco-tourism, it is
the first time French citizens have been murdered there.
In 2012, a French couple was found dead on a beach in southern Madagascar.
year later, two Europeans were attacked and killed by a mob on the
northwest island of Nosy Be, suspected of involvement in the death of an
eight-year-old local boy.