MOZAMBICAN POLICE ARREST 16 FOR CRIMES AGAINST ALBINOS

MAPUTO, — Mozambican police detained 16 people in connection with the kidnapping and murder of albino citizens in 2015, according to the Zambezi provincial police commander, JoAPound o Maunguele.

Radio Mozambique quoted him as saying that the arrests resulted from denunciations by members of the public of these shocking crimes. The districts with the most cases were Ile, Milange and Alto Molocue.

Maunguele was speaking on Thursday when he briefed the Zambezia provincial legislative assembly on the crime situation in the province. Assembly members wanted to know what the police were doing about the attacks on albinos.

He said the police were seriously concerned at the situation and had managed to arrest 16 suspects. But he admitted that the police had so far been unable to track down any of those who had ordered the kidnapping of albinos.

The persecution of albinos appears to have been imported from Tanzania. Albinos are murdered for their body parts, which are believed to possess magical properties, and are used in black magic ceremonies.

Maunguele urged members of the public with knowledge of these crimes to come forward and denounce those involved.

SOURCE: NAM NEWS NETWORK