An arsonist, who was allegedly caught lighting a fire, was killed by an angry crowd in the region of Larbaâ Nath Irathen on the heights of Tizi-Ouzou, which has been facing gigantic fires for three days, having killed at least 69 people, according to local sources.
The alleged arsonist, aboard a vehicle without a registration number, was pursued by a group of young people who apprehended him on the road leading to Tizi-Ouzou through the town of Aït Oumalou, it is also said. source.
The individual was handed over to the security services and a large crowd accompanied the police van into the courtyard of the police station, added the same sources quoted by local media, noting that when the police were going to bring him down. , dozens of angry young people took and lynched him in the courtyard of the police station.
However, residents of Sidi Daoud, in the wilaya of Boumerdes, where one of the arsonists presumed arrested is from, appealed for his release, claiming that he had gone to Tizi-Ouzou to lend a hand to the local populations in fire fighting.
Most of the 69 reported victims of these fires were killed in this town 25 kilometers from Tizi Ouzou.
According to the Algerian authorities, the fires which affected the wilaya of Tizi-Ouzou are of criminal origin and the arsonists have chosen their targets to do the maximum damage.
According to civil protection spokesman Nassim Barnaoui, 69 fires were still active on Wednesday in 17 wilayas, especially in Tizi Ouzou, which recorded the most human losses.