Burundi arrests three over albino killing

Kazungu Kassim, head of a Burundi albino association, listens to proceedings inside a courtroom in Ruyigi, eastern Burundi. Prosecutors in the country want life sentences imposed on criminals who kill albinos to trade in their body parts for witchcraft purposes. Photo | FILE 

Burundi police on Tuesday arrested three persons accused of involvement in the killing of a 15-year-old albino girl on May 6 at Kabezi, some 20 km south of the Burundian capital Bujumbura, the national police spokesman told Xinhua on Wednesday.

"Thanks to the good collaboration with the population, police arrested the three suspects yesterday (Tuesday) at Ruziba in Kabezi's neighbouring commune of Kanyosha," said police spokesman Elie Bizindavyi.

According to Bizindavyi, taking the three suspects to police custody "was not easy" because furious residents at Ruziba wanted to kill them. "The police managed however managed to put them in custody," said the police spokesman, who praised "justice officials and police agents [who] did a great job."

The Burundi-based Association of Albinos Without Frontiers (ASF) said that the murdered albino girl was the 18th albino killed since the hunt against albinos a couple of years ago. Body parts of albinos are reportedly used for witchcraft purposes. (Xinhua)

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