Around 45 people have died in a confrontation between cattle thieves and residents of two towns in Marovitsika county, located in southern Madagascar, according to the authorities of the African country.
The attack was launched by around 120 armed people against the villages of Ambohitsohy and Vohitsimbe with the aim of stealing heads of cattle in both markets, triggering intense armed clashes.
According to information collected by the Malagasy newspaper ‘L’Express de Madagascar’, the clashes resulted in the death of 41 thieves and four residents, who had the support of the security forces deployed in Marovitsika.
Thus, the thieves would have taken advantage of the initial confusion to loot several stores in both villages, although the residents finally managed to organize themselves to repel the attack and recover most of the cattle that had been stolen by the assailants.
Clashes between cattle thieves and residents of the area are relatively frequent in southern Madagascar, rocked for years by a drought that has exacerbated the economic crisis and increased food insecurity in this area of the island.