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Seven Tanzanian villagers burned alive, suspected of witchcraft

Published:Saturday | October 11, 2014 | 11:59 AM

Tanzanian police have charged 23 people with murder after seven villagers were burned alive on suspicion of witchcraft.



Though the attacks in Murufiti, a village in the western Kigoma region, happened on Monday, reports only surfaced with the arrests.



Five of those killed were aged over 60, the other two were over 40.



A Tanzanian human rights group estimates that 500 suspected witches are killed in Tanzania annually.



The suspects were arraigned in court on Friday and accused of murder. They remain in custody.



Of the detained, at least one is a local leader.



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