For the second time in three days, a local Mexican mob mistakenly took justice into their own hands, killing two suspects who they thought were going to abduct a child.
According to the mayor Ismael Gadoth Tapia, about 300 villagers converged in the middle of a dirt road in Santa Ana Ahuehuepan, a small town in the state of Hidalgo, and set a man and a woman on fire with gasoline on Thursday.
Their assassination is the second lynching that has occurred in Mexico this week.
Villagers look on as official surveys the area where a man and a woman were mistake for child abductors and lynched on Thursday in Mexico
The body of one of the victims in Thursday lynching. Four people have been innocently killed by mobs in Mexico, who have mistaken them to be child kidnappers
On Wednesday, Alberto Flores Morales, 53, and his nephew, Ricardo Flores Rodriguez, 21, were cordoned off by a furious mob , who forced them out of their truck and physically attacked them before police officers arrived.
A group of about 150 people then rushed a station house in the small town of San Francisco Boqueron in the state of Puebla.
The crowd was able to overpower the police force and forcefully removed both men from the jail cell where they were being held for their security. They then paraded them outside and burned them alive.
In Thursday’s similar attack in Santa Ana, the 40-year-old man, whose name hasn’t been released, was beaten and lit on fire before he died on the spot.
The body of a man, who was mistaken for a child abductor Thursday, lies in the middle of a road in Mexico after an angry mob lynched him and a woman that was with him
Officer look over the body of the 40-year-old man that was tortured and burned alive
The woman, who is in her 50s but whose identity hasn’t been confirmed by law enforcement authorities, was transported to a hospital where she eventually died from the burns.
Authorities said both were lived in the region near the municipality of Tula.
Cops tried breaking up the lynching but couldn’t do too much but watch just like Wednesday afternoon’s deadly event.
A police report indicated that villagers were warned of the potential kidnap over a string of Whatsapp messages.
Hidalgo public safety secretary Mauricio Delmar said at a news conference late Thursday that the rumors of possible abductions surfacing on various social media networks were completely false and a collective psychosis had overtaken people and was costing lives.