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Witch doctor arrested after burning 7 witches alive

By Mason White 11:28 AM October 15, 2014
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By: Wayne Morin
A witch doctor was arrested on charges of murder after he allegedly led a mob that burned 7 witches alive, police in Tanzania said.

Kigoma Police said that so far, they have arrested 23 people in connection with the killings.

“They were attacked and burned to death by a mob of people after they were accused of participating in witchcraft,” Police Chief Jafari Mohamed said.

“Five victims were over 60 years old and two victims were over 40 years old,” Mohamed added. Among those arrested on suspicion of carrying out the killings was a healer known as “the witch doctor.”

“When I came home at night, I found my mother’s body laying outside our house while my father’s body was laying inside the house,” Josephat John said.

The attack took place on Monday. According to the police investigation, the seven victims were accused of witchcraft because they had red eyes.

All 23 suspects were charged with murder, and they are being held without bail.