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Angry mob sets female witch on fire for cursing women

By Mason White 1:51 PM May 22, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
A woman was set on fire after being accused of cursing women to be unable to have children, police in Nigeria said.

Delta State Police said that the 50-year-old female witch was set on fire on Wednesday, after being accused of being responsible for the sterility of many women in the community.

Security officers who came to the scene, put out the fire. The victim was identified as Mama Philo.

She was transferred to a nearby hospital after suffering severe burns. Witnesses at the scene said that the woman confessed to placing curses on women before the mob doused her with gasoline and set her on fire.

“We set her on fire because she confessed to being a witch and being responsible for the sterility of some women. We cannot allow evil in this community, therefore, we set fire on her,” Moses Emekwu, who was at the scene at the time of the attack, said.