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The man had handed himself in to authorities, but was dragged out of a police van and set on fire. Algerian police have announced another 25 arrests over the lynching of a man falsely accused of starting deadly forest fires last week, taking the total of suspects to The latest arrests were made in several provinces across the country, police said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the suspects were also accused of damaging public and police property. The victim, Djamel Ben Ismail, 38, had turned himself in at a police station in the Tizi Ouzou region, which was worst hit by the fires, after hearing he was suspected of involvement.
Videos posted online show a crowd surrounding a police van and beating a man inside it. They then drag him out and set him on fire, with some taking selfies. They have pointed a finger of blame at the independence movement of the hard-hit mainly Berber region of Kabyle, which extends along the Mediterranean coast east of Algiers.
This article is more than 1 month old. A charred truck in the aftermath of deadly fires in the Kabyle region of Algeria. Police have arrested 61 people over the lynching of man falsely accused of lighting fires.
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