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Mob justice in Liberia as police struggle with crime

A taxi driver is dragged from his car and beaten for refusing to stop after his passenger is accused of stealing. Across town, a crowd gathers around the bloodied body of a suspected mugger lying in the street. Exasperated by a lack of security, Liberians have heeded calls from the government to take action themselves, forming vigilante groups to fight off criminal gangs blamed for armed robberies, murders and mutilations. The gangs, thought to be made up largely of former child soldiers from the West African country’s civil war, call themselves the “Issakaba Boys” after a series of violent Nigerian movies wildly popular around the region. Residents say they leave calling cards in some parts of the dilapidated capital Monrovia, warning they have been on a recce and will be back later to plunder and loot. Full Story

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