The killings took place on Friday night in Ankazobe district, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) north of the capital, Antananarivo.
Defense Minister General said, “People here experienced a real tragedy, many lives were lost. 32 people were killed. This is a crime committed by brutal dahlos (bandits) who even burnt women and children alive.” ” Richard Rakotonirina said in a video posted on the ministry’s Facebook page late Saturday.
The “Dahlo” are organized criminal gangs in parts of Madagascar that steal cattle from members of the community and organize other forms of banditry.
“We will trace the perpetrators of this crime and their accomplices.” racotonirina He said security forces have been deployed in the area to trace the culprits.
He said the attack on the area was likely a retaliation against members of the community by “Dahlo” for providing information to security personnel during previous operations against them.