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Two men in Haiti suspected of buying weapons for gangs lynched by mob | Haiti

Two men in Haiti suspected of buying weapons for gangs lynched by mob | Haiti

Two men in Haiti were hacked to death by a mob who thought they were buying weapons for gangs, police said Saturday. Police confirmed the crowd snatched the men from police custody after they were found with about $20,000 (£16,000) and the equivalent of about $43,000 in Haitian cash in their car, along with two pistols and a box of ammunition. Carrying that amount of cash was considered suspicious, and residents assumed it was a weapons purchase for the gangs. The killings happened Friday in a town near the provincial city of Mirebalais. Police appeared to fire warning shots into the air to try to prevent the killings, but the mob killed them anyway. One of the victims was a police officer and the other was a former guard, according to their identification documents. The killings underscored how outnumbered police are in Haiti, and the anger of Haitians after months of murders, kidnappings and armed attacks by the country’s gangs. In the last month, gangs have been targeting key infrastructure across the capital, Port-au-Prince, including …