DAR ES SALAAM: Attackers collecting body parts of albinos for witchcraft have hacked off the hand of a seven-year old boy in Tanzania, the latest in a series of bloody assaults, officials said today.
Apolinary Macheta, the local government leader in Tanzania’s southwestern Milepa district, said the boy was attacked yesterday by three people as he walked home with his four school friends.
The boy, Mwigulu Magessa, is recovering in hospital.
The attack came just days after an albino mother of four had her arm chopped off by machete-wielding men, with police yesterday saying they had arrested five men after discovering the decomposing limb hidden in a field.
In Tanzania, albinos are killed and dismembered due to a widespread belief that charms made from their body parts bring good fortune and prosperity.
Last month an albino child died in Tanzania’s Tabora region after attackers hacked off his arm with a machete.