Johannesburg - Authorities in Madagascar are appealing for
calm after the tourist island deaths of two Europeans and a local man who were
attacked by a mob that reportedly suspected them of organ-trafficking.
France has confirmed that a French national was among the
dead and has urged local authorities to clarify the circumstances of what
happened on the island of Nosy Be on Thursday morning. The Italian news agency
ANSA says an Italian with both Italian and French passports was also killed.
Media in Madagascar say the attack happened after residents
discovered a boy's mutilated body on a beach. The reports cite witnesses as
saying the two Europeans were paraded through villages, beaten and burned on a
Nosy Be is a major tourist destination near the northwest
coast of Madagascar.