NOSY BE: Police in Madagascar made seven more arrests yesterday over the lynching by a raging mob of two Europeans and a local man accused of killing and mutilating a young boy.
Authorities on the idyllic Indian Ocean island have now arrested 26 people in all after the bloody events on the resort island of Nosy Be on Thursday.
The situation appeared calm yesterday, with members of the security forces patrolling the streets while local residents attended church and tourists strolled in town or headed to the beach.
Thursday’s rampage was sparked by the gruesome death of an eight-year-old local boy, whose body was found on the popular Ambatoloaka beach a week after he went missing.
An official at the local gendarmerie said seven people had been arrested early yesterday in Ambatoloaka and the suburb of Dar-es-Salam where the boy lived. Vincent Laza, a neighbourhood leader on the island, told AFP that the boy’s body was wet when it was found, suggesting he may have drowned. AFP