Northern Province mobs murder 3 as police arrest 59

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THREE men have been executed by mobs in separate attacks in Lunte and Luwingu Districts on suspicion of being gassers.

According to Radio Mano in Kasama, Northern Province Police Commissioner, Richard Mweene said the incident happened on Wednesday night.

The commissioner said according to investigations the matter was a case of mistaken identity.

Mweene said the deceased man of Luwingu had gone on a drinking spree then later lost his way back home at night, and went into a compound where he was attacked, beaten to death and burnt by a mob which mistook him for a gasser.

And in Lunte District, Mweene said two men identified as Brian Chaiwa 26, and Melvis Kaemba 32 of Chandamali village in Chief Mumporokoso’s area were attacked and killed by a mob as they went to cut timber in the District.

The police commissioner adds that machetes, slashers, catapults, shovels, axes, knives were among the dangerous weapons that were used in the act.

Meanwhile, 59 people have been arrested in Lunte District in connection with the killing of two men and the blocking of the road at Kafubu area.

Mweene said the suspects would be charged accordingly.

He warned that the police would not hesitate to deal with perpetrators of lawlessness in the Province.

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