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Man breaks into home and chops off 6-year-old boy’s hand in his sleep to use it for witchcraft

By Mason White 4:49 PM March 10, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A mother was horrified to learn that a man has cut off her boy’s hand in his sleep, police in Tanzania said.

Kipenda Police said that the six-year-old boy’s right hand was hacked off on Saturday, in the latest in a series of attacks against minorities in the country.

Baraka Cosmas was sleeping at home with his mother when a gang of robbers broke into the home and one man cut off the boy’s hand.

The men also grabbed the mother of the victim, Prisca Shaaban, and severely beat her after she refused to hand over the child

The boy and his mother were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they are being treated. A wave of murders and attacks broke out against albinos, whose body parts are used for witchcraft.

Last week, four people were sentenced to death for the murder of a woman. Albino body parts sell for around $600, with a whole body fetching $75,000.