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Two albino children killed in Mozambique

Two children with albinism were killed in separate attacks in Mozambique at the weekend, police have said.

Unidentified men used a hoe to beat a six-year-old boy to death in central Mozambique’s Mulumbo district, said police commander Miguel Caetano.

He added that the child’s brother-in-law, who is currently on the run, is wanted in connection with the killing.

In a second incident, a 13-year-old girl was brutally killed with “blunt instruments” in the Manhewe area in northern Mozambique.

A police spokesperson said the “unidentified criminals killed the child, threatened to kill the child’s father, attacked his wife and abducted a three-year-old brother of the dead girl”.

Police have not yet found the boy.

People with albinism are hunted down in parts of Africa because of the belief that potions made from their body parts can bring good luck and wealth.

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