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Europeans burnt to death in Madagascar over organ trafficking claims


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Europeans burnt to death in Madagascar over organ trafficking claims

A mob in Madagascar has burnt two Europeans to death amid claims they were involved in organ trafficking for witchcraft.

An angry crowd hunted down and killed the Frenchman and Franco-Italian. A third man, from Madagascar, was also lynched after rumours spread among the crowd that the trio was involved in the disappearance of a child and the removal of his organs. The body of an eight-year-old boy was apparently found, without genitals and without a tongue.

The unrest in Nosy Be, one of the Indian Ocean island’s leading tourism hubs, prompted safety warnings by.French and Italian authorities to their citizens

Analysts say crime has increased in Madagascar since President Andry Rajoelina seized power in a coup more than four years ago. Some believe there is a political context to the deadly mob violence, with tension high ahead of elections due later this month.

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