Madagascar police arrest 19 after mob lynchings on tourist island
NOSY BE, Madagascar, (AFP) - The police in Madagascar made five more arrests on Saturday on the tourist island of Nosy Be after a raging mob lynched and burned two Europeans and a local man they accused of killing a boy.
The authorities on the idyllic Indian Ocean island have now arrested 19 people in all, having taken 14 others into custody on Friday and vowing to arrest anyone involved in the lynchings and riots as well as anyone who filmed or photographed the killings.
Heavy security forces deployed on the island on Saturday, with officers on foot and in pick-ups patrolling Hell-Ville, its tiny capital, after a tense night during which the government imposed a curfew from 9pm to 4am.
The gory rampage was sparked by the death of an eight-year-old local boy, whose body was found on the popular Ambatoloaka beach a week after he went missing.