Madagascar investigates deaths on tourist island

AP News
Posted: Oct 04, 2013 8:17 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Authorities in Madagascar are appealing for calm after the tourist island 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 says an Italian with both Italian and French passports was also killed.

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

Nosy Be is a major tourist destination near the northwest coast of Madagascar.