At least 32 people have been killed in Madagascar after bandits known as “dahalo” set homes on fire.
Reuters reports that, the killings occurred in Ankazobe district, about 75 kilometres north of the capital Antananarivo overnight into Friday.
“People here experienced a real tragedy … many lives were lost. 32 people died. It is a crime perpetrated by ruthless dahalo (bandits) who burned alive even women and children,” Defence Minister General Richard Rakotonirina said in a video on the ministry’s Facebook page on Saturday night.
Organised criminal groups known as “dahalo” operate in certain regions of Madagascar, where they organize cattle robberies from locals and other types of banditry.
Rakotonirina vowed, “We will track down those who committed this atrocity and their collaborators,” adding that security troops had been sent to the area to find the offenders.
He stated that the raid on the neighborhood was probably “dahalo” retaliation against locals for giving security personnel information during earlier operations against them.
Writing by Muzha Kucha