Violence broke out near Ikongo, Madagascar on 30 August, as a mob approached a gendarmes facility demanding that suspected kidnappers be handed over to them, possibly seeking to lynch the accused. The gendarmes had arrested several men suspected of kidnapping an albino child the week before. A large group of local people approached the gendarmes facility, allegedly bearing sticks and machetes. The gendarmes claimed that negotiations with the crowd failed, and that as the crowd sought to force their way into the facility, they opened fire in self-defence. In doing so, they killed 19 people and injured another 28.