Three children between the ages of 11 and 12, two of them from the same school, committed suicide by hanging themselves in less than 24 hours in Algeria’s northeastern province of Tizi Ouzou, local and regional media reported on Thursday.
Algeria's El-Khabar newspaper on Thursday quoted local medical sources as saying that poor school results and lack of proper communication with the children might have led to their suicide.
However, the explanation has failed to dispel the state of fear which has spread among local residents demanding a thorough investigation into the suicides shrouded in mystery.
Eleven-year old Mohand Agli, known for Sadiq, was found dead on Monday inside his room in the village of Abhlal, part of Tizi Ouzou province.
“The child’s sister called her brother several times to have coffee with her before she went, knocked ate the door and force opened the door to find him hanging from a sport belt,” the UAE-based al-Bayan newspaper quoted one of his relatives as saying.
The child’s relative described his family’s state as “hysterical.”
He said the funeral was held in a state of fear and terror among residents who now fear that their children could commit suicides at any time.
Hours before Sadiq’s death, a 12-year old child whose name was mentioned only as Zidan, was found dead, having hanged himself in an abandoned house in the village of Ikhribn.
Zidan and Sadiq were attending the same school, despite living in different places.
Only one night before the two children were found dead, another child from a nearby village committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at about 9 p.m. Algerian newspapers did not mention his name but said he was 11 years old and a student of the fifth grade.