QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - Police say an angry mob dragged two suspected robbers from a police station in Ecuador and burned them to death.
A police statement says the crowd of about 800 people also set fire to the station. Eighteen officers were injured.
Pedro Cruz is a resident of the southern coastal city of Valencia, where the lynching took place on Friday.
Cruz told Teleamazonas TV it "was the only solution we had because everybody was getting robbed. We couldn't even walk the streets."
Prosecutor Cesar Manzo promised an investigation. He called the incident "a barbarity that cannot continue in civilized society."
Deadly mob lynchings are uncommon in the South American nation.
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