A police vehicle has been torched and police offficers run away as an irate crowd of residents bayed for the blood of a family in Lilongwe’s volatile squatter township of Mtsiridza.

Police clashes with residents

Police clashes with residents

A thing that started as mere rumour ended up as a serious matter as some residents too sustained injuries, minor though.

Residents in the township told Nyasa Times contradicting and conflicting accounts on what caused the violence that has costed a police vehicle.

Some residents say a family was practising Satanism and other residents were tired of this hence they  decided to administer mob justice on the family.

Others said a family was forcing some children to pray against their will and locked the children in their house.

The angry residents demolished the house but did not find the children and the police came to bring order when the residents turned against the law enforcers.

Police officers at Lilongwe Police Station confirmed the incident but refused to give more information.

Meanwhile, 20 people are repprted to have been arrested.

Police spokesman James Kadadera said more arrest are likely.

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