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Mobs attack Africans in India after a local boy went missing

  • FILE- In this June 8, 2016 file photo, an African woman walks through one of the few neighborhoods that rents apartments to people of African origin in New Delhi, India. Mobs of Indians have repeatedly attacked African students in a New Delhi suburb in recent days after rumors that a local boy had been kidnapped by Nigerians. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)

    FILE- In this June 8, 2016 file photo, an African woman walks through one of the few neighborhoods that rents apartments to people of African origin in New Delhi, India. Mobs of Indians have repeatedly attacked African students in a New Delhi suburb in recent days after rumors that a local boy had been kidnapped by Nigerians. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this June 8, 2016 file photo, photo an African man exits a house in one of the few neighborhoods that rents to people of African origin in New Delhi, India. Mobs of Indians have repeatedly attacked African students in a New Delhi suburb in recent days after rumors that a local boy had been kidnapped by Nigerians. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)

    FILE- In this June 8, 2016 file photo, photo an African man exits a house in one of the few neighborhoods that rents to people of African origin in New Delhi, India. Mobs of Indians have repeatedly attacked African students in a New Delhi suburb in recent days after rumors that a local boy had been kidnapped by Nigerians. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)  (The Associated Press)

Mobs of Indians have repeatedly attacked African students in a New Delhi suburb in recent days after rumors that a local boy had been kidnapped by Nigerians.

The surge in violence began Friday when a teenage boy disappeared in Greater Noida, outside New Delhi, and angry relatives claimed he'd been killed by Nigerians. A mob of people began searching the area for Africans, with some accusing kidnappers of eating the boy.

The boy returned home Saturday morning. He died later that day, though the cause remains unclear.

The police arrested five Nigerian men and charged them with kidnapping and murder but let them go within hours, citing lack of evidence. But mobs have continued to attack Africans, leaving at least two with broken bones.