TALES OF VAMPIRES LEAD TO RIOTING IN MOZAMBICAN TOWN

MAPUTO, Rumours of vampirism have led to violent disturbances in the town of Gile, in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia, according to a media reports.

Txopela, an electronic newspaper published in the provincial capital, Quelimane, says rioting in the town has been so serious that the Gile district administrator has been forced to flee.

The Zambezia provincial governor, Abdul Razak, has confirmed that the administrator took refuge in the neighbouring district of Alto Molocue.

The rumours of vampires have been circulating for the past three months, and the disturbances seem to have begun last week when a mob attacked the home of a businessman in the locality of Muiane, accusing him of being a vampire. The crowd looted the shop, then vandalised the homes of the head of the Muiane administrative post and of the local secretary of the ruling Frelimo Party.

When the mob turned its attentions to the Muiane police station, the police opened fire and dispersed them.

The spokesperson for the provincial police command, Miguel Caetano, told reporters at a media briefing in Quelimane on Monday that five people have been arrested in Muiane for spreading rumours about vampires and inciting disorder. The police have also recovered five motorcycles, several computers and other electrical equipment stolen in the Muiane rioting.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK