Indian police arrested five men after an attack on Nigerian students in Greater Noida. The four Nigerian students were attacked by a mob during a candle-light march for a 17-year-old boy, who died of suspected drug overdose.

Senior police officer Sujata Singh told AFP news agency yesterday that four other suspects were on the run, adding about 300 people were involved in the riots in Greater Noida city that started on Monday

“Rumours were being spread that Africans are behind the youth’s death and racist comments were made on social media. It looks racially motivated,” Singh said.

The unrest came after police in Greater Noida released five Nigerian students detained over the boy’s death, saying they had no evidence against them.

Endurance Amalawa, one of the attacked students, said he was outside a mall with his brother when they saw the mob running towards them.

“We kept crying for help, but no one came, not even the security marshals. I was running but they followed me and attacked me,” he said on NDTV television.

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