Saturday, October 11, 2014

Tanzanian Village Burns Alive Seven Suspected Witches

Police arrest 23 including witch doctor in Tanzanian village of Murufiti over attacks on Monday.

Seven people accused of witchcraft have been burned alive in Tanzania.
Tanzanian Village Burns Alive Seven Suspected Witches
Ornamental skulls and beads used by a traditional healer, Lake Eyasi, Tanzania.
Twenty-three people have been arrested in connection with the crimes, police said on Friday.

“They were attacked and burnt to death by a mob of villagers who accused them of engaging in witchcraft,” said police chief Jafari Mohamed.

Five of those killed were aged over 60, while the other two were aged over 40.

Among those arrested on suspicion of carrying out the killings was the local traditional healer, or witch doctor.
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Relatives of those killed described horrific scenes, with the bodies of family members hacked with machetes or burned almost beyond recognition.

The attack in the village of Murufiti, in the western Kigoma region which borders Burundi, took place on Monday but reports only emerged after police announced the arrest of the suspects.

The suspects will appear in court to face murder charges.
Culled from The Telegraph
Photo Credit: Alamy

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