Algeria, Algeria — Authorities detain 36 brutal mobs burning and killing a man in a town in the Cavill region of Algeria, where a crowd suspected of launching dozens of wildfires but actually came to help The chief of the judicial police said on Sunday.
A fire that began last Monday struck mountainous areas, killing at least 47 inhabitants and 28 soldiers while destroying olive groves and livestock.
Most fires in other areas have been checked and “no longer dangerous to the population,” civil protection official Colonel Farouk Achour reportedly said by the official APS news agency. He said there were more than 74 fires in the last 24 hours.
But the brutality of Wednesday’s murder by a crowd of fanatical men portrayed by friends and family as artists extinguished the fire after photos and videos of the scene were posted on social media.
The next day, a man identified as Jamel Ben Ismail, 38, was buried in his hometown of Khemis Miliana, west of Tizi Ouzou, the capital of Cavill. He was killed outside the police station on the main square of the town of Larbaa Nath Irathen, a village devastated by flames in the Tizi-Ouzou district.
Judicial police officer Mohammed Chagor said a crowd of “group hysteria” had dragged Ben Ismail out of the protected police station and attacked him. He said police officers decided not to fire warning shots at the mob for fear of exacerbating the situation.
Arrested were three women and a man who hit the victim’s inanimate body with a knife before being burned. Mr Chagor said the suspect’s knife craftsman was preparing to flee to neighboring Morocco, where his relationship with Algeria was becoming more and more tense when he was arrested.
Chagor thanked the people who posted the photos and said they helped the authorities identify those who were arrested.
Algerian President Abdelmadjid Teboon said authorities suspect the origin of the crime behind the flames, even if the heat waves that enthusiastically shook North Africa were “part of it.” At least 22 people were arrested, officials said.