Police in Mozambique have warned that bald people could be the targets of ritual killings after two bald men aged over 40 were killed and their body parts taken for witchcraft.
One of them was found with his head cut off and some organs removed. The killings took place in Milange, which is in the center of the Southern African country already notorious for the killings of albinos.
Inacio Dina, the national police spokesman said, “Last month, the murders of two bald people led to the arrest of two suspects.” The suspects arrested are Mozambicans who are about 20 years old.
“Their motivations come from superstition and culture: the local community thinks bald individuals are rich,” he said.
Also, Miguel Caetano, a spokesman for the security forces in the central province of Zambezia, explained further that, “One of them was found with his head cut off and his organs removed.”
The authorities believe the organs are to be used by healers in rituals to promote the fortunes of their clients in neighboring Tanzania and Malawi.
This is the first time that bald people have been victims of such attacks in the region according to the spokesman for the security forces.