Dar es Salaam (AFP) – Seven people accused of witchcraft have been burned alive in Tanzania, police said Friday, adding they have arrested 23 people in connection with the crimes.
“They were attacked and burnt to death by a mob of villagers who accused them of engaging in witchcraft,” the police chief for the western Kigoma region which borders Burundi, Jafari Mohamed, told AFP.
“Five of those killed were aged over 60, while the other two were aged over 40,” he added.
Among those arrested on suspicion of carrying out the killings was the local traditional healer, or witch doctor.
Relatives of those killed described horrific scenes, with the bodies of family members hacked with machetes or burned almost beyond recognition.
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