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Revenge attacks after girl found hanging from tree

NEW DELHI--A seven-year-old girl was found hanging from a tree Thursday in a village in eastern India after locals suspect she was raped, police said, the latest in a string of reported attacks against children.

Angry villagers sought revenge after discovering the body in West Bengal state, hunting down and attacking three men they accused of kidnapping, raping and murdering the girl, a police officer said.

“I am at a local hospital for the girl's post-mortem while those three suspects are also admitted at another hospital with serious injuries,” sub-inspector Shankar Das told AFP by phone.

“The situation in the local area where the incident happened is tense,” Das said, referring to the villagers who were demanding that the suspects also be hanged.

Local media reported that one of the suspects had died from injuries sustained in the attack by villagers, but this could not be confirmed.

Das said he could not confirm whether the girl had in fact been raped, saying he was waiting for the post-mortem report.

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