Robbers Killed by Mob in Peru's Andes

31 January 2005

A mob of 300 people killed two men they accused of robbing a local merchant in a central Andean town. The killings occurred Sunday in the town of Cullpa Alta, in the Tambo district. Tambo police said the men, who were beaten and strangled, had allegedly robbed a local merchant of 5,000 soles. No arrests were immediately reported. The incident echoes the lynching of the mayor of Ilave, when 1,000 residents, beat their mayor to death after accusing him of corruption.

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