Mob kills three in Ecuador

Residents looking at a burning taxi set on fire by a a violent mob that lynched two men and a woman whom they accuse of stealing children and were travelling on it, police authorities informed, at Posorja, Ecuador. — AFP photo

QUITO: A mob in Ecuador killed three people mistakenly suspected of stealing children, police said Tuesday.

Officials said those three were not in fact accused of such a crime but rather had been arrested on suspicion of stealing money and cell phones.

When they were brought to a police station in the southwest town of Posorja, a crowd outside overpowered officers and beat the detainees to death with rocks and sticks.

Footage of the attack circulated on social media.

The mob also burned a taxi and six motorcycles. Three police were injured.

Police at the station tried in vain to convince the mob that the suspects were not accused of abducting children. — AFP

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