Burundian 'witch' hacked to death
14 May 2012, 15:24
Bujumbura - Villagers in northeast Burundi hacked to death a woman
accused of witchcraft and five members of her family, including a baby
and two other children, local authorities said on Sunday.
Saturday "a group of people attacked the home of an old woman called
Marthe Kabatesi in the Bwambarangwe district," said Reverien
Nzigamasabo, govenor of Kirundo province where the killings took place.
"They hacked her to death with machetes," he told AFP.
The assailants then attacked the woman's two daughters and three grandchildren, including a three-month old baby.
"All the victims were killed by cuts to the head and neck," Nzigamasabo said, calling the attack unjustifiable.
He added that the old woman targeted had been accused of being responsible for deaths in the region.
is widespread in some parts of the impoverished central African country
and several people suspected by villagers of practising sorcery are
killed each year.