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More than 200 witchdoctors in Tanzania arrested

Published:Friday | March 13, 2015 | 3:07 AM

More than 200 witchdoctors and traditional healers have been arrested in Tanzania in a crackdown on the murder of albino people.

The killings have been driven by the belief - advanced by some witchdoctors - that the body parts of albinos have properties that can bring wealth and good luck.

President Jakaya Kikwete has described the murder of albinos as an evil that has shamed Tanzania.

The United Nation says nearly 80 albino Tanzanians have been killed since 2000.

The latest victims include a one-year-old albino boy, killed in north-western Tanzania a few weeks ago.