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The Mozambican police have arrested two people who they say are part of a group of five suspected criminals who killed an 11-year old albino boy at the weekend, near the border with Malawi.
The boy was abducted while his family were sleeping, the police say.
“The criminals took the boy to a deserted place, where they shaved his head and cut off his ears,” the spokesperson of the Zambezia provincial police command, Miguel Caetano, said.
They later killed the child, he added.
Albinos in many parts of Mozambique, particularly in Milange district where this took place, have been the victims of murder and mutilation, because of superstitious beliefs that their body parts are imbued with magical powers.
The dismembered parts of albinos are used in rituals that are supposed to bring wealth and power.
But this is the first case of its kind in the area in six months.
Mr Caetano added that the police are on the ground to try and identify and arrest the remaining part of the gang of kidnappers.
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