Army helicopters have been deployed in Madagascar to search for a criminal gang that killed at least thirty-two people by setting fire to their homes.
The Police said the people were forced inside three thatched houses that were then set ablaze.
Reports say women and children were among the victims of last Friday’s attack in Ankazobe district north of the capital, Antananarivo.
The DefenceMinister blamed cattle rustlers known locally as ‘’dahalo’’.
The Minister of Defence who visited the area after the attack, said he suspected the community had been targeted for providing information to officials during a previous security operation against the gang.
According to reports, cattle theft and the efforts to stop it have led to extremely violent confrontations in recent years.