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Mob lynches 1, injures 3 on child kidnapping rumors in India

July 15, 2018

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in western India have arrested nearly three dozen people for participating in the lynching of a young engineer and wounding three men, including a Qatari national, after rumors that the victims were members of a gang of child kidnappers.

Police say the victims were traveling in a car through a village in Karnataka’s Bidar district when a mob armed with sticks and stones attacked them.

Police say the villagers were infuriated after the men tried to hand over some chocolates to village kids.

India has seen a string of mob attacks in the past few months ignited by messages circulated through social media that child lifting gangs were active in villages and towns. At least 20 people have been killed and dozens injured in such attacks since early May.

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