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Mob kills 3 on Madagascar island

JOHANNESBURG — France, the United States, and other countries have advised their nationals to avoid travel to a tourist island in Madagascar after the deaths of two Europeans and a local man who were attacked by a mob that reportedly suspected them of organ trafficking.

France has confirmed that a French national was among the dead and has urged local authorities to clarify the circumstances of what happened on the island of Nosy Be on Thursday morning. The Italian news agency ANSA said an Italian was also killed.

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The attack happened after residents discovered a boy’s mutilated body on a beach, according to media in Madagascar. The reports cite witnesses as saying the two Europeans were paraded through villages, beaten, and burned on a beach.

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