Mob burns 7-year-old boy alive after being caught stealing from a shop


Young boy (illustration) 
By: Tanya Malhotra

Police launched an investigation after dozens of people beat up a young boy and then set him on fire for stealing from a shop, police in Nigeria said.

Lagos police said that the incident unfolded in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The 7-year-old boy was caught by the shop’s owner stealing food and alerted his neighbors. They dragged the boy out on the street, where he was beaten with sticks.

They then put tires on his body and set it on fire. So far, no arrests have been made.

In May, a teenager died in a horrific act of violence with the permission of her family.

Police in Pakistan, arrested 15 members of a tribal council who were accused of ordering the death of the woman by burning her alive.

The 16-year-old girl was burned in an honor killing in Donga Gali, near Islamabad, after she was accused of helping a neighbor elope with her lover.