Burundian police arrest DR Congo national over witchcraft accusations

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-17 02:21:36|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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BUJUMBURA, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- A citizen from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) was arrested Thursday in Burundi's Bubanza province over alleged witchcraft activities, local authorities told Xinhua in a telephone interview.

The man was arrested at Muzinda in Rugazi district with a bag containing powder drugs made from forest leaves and a horn of a goat, said Rugazi's Administrator Sylvie Nizigama.

She said the arrest was made after local residents reported a suspicious person hiding during daytime in a house, but seen out in the night.

Nizigama indicated that the Congolese suspect admitted that he had come to protect a plantation of palm trees, belonging to the family hosting him, from thieves.

"The suspect explained that he had been able to return two stolen objects at Muzinda, including a car and a motorcycle thanks to his techniques," said Nizigama.

The local authority said sorcerers are often at the origin of insecurity at Muzinda particularly and in the Rugazi district.