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Indian police arrest 25 in latest WhatsApp rumor-led lynching

MUMBAI: Police in India have arrested more than two dozen men who were part of a mob that lynched a 32-year-old man after rumors spread over WhatsApp that he was a child-kidnapper, police said on Sunday.   The killing of Mohammed Azam, who police said was a call center employee, in the southern state of Karnataka on Friday, was the latest in a series of assaults in India triggered by false messages about child abductors spread through Facebook Inc-owned WhatsApp. At least three people have been killed and more than a…

Indian villagers kill six men over kidnapping rumour on WhatsApp

NEW DELHI: Angry villagers beat to death six men in eastern India after rumours spread that they were operating a child kidnapping ring, police said Friday. The killings took place in the remote state of Jharkhand state earlier in the week. Deputy police superintendent Animesh Nathani said the attackers were angered by a WhatsApp video warning local people a kidnapping gang was operating in the area. "The incidents happened over two days in neighbouring districts which are populated by tribals," he told AFP.…