85 bags of body parts found in Tanzania

2014-07-22 21:20
Various products for use in traditional Zulu medicine at the 'Muti Market', next to Victoria Street Market in Durban. (Javier Soriano, AFP File)

Various products for use in traditional Zulu medicine at the 'Muti Market', next to Victoria Street Market in Durban. (Javier Soriano, AFP File)

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Dar es Salaam - Tanzanian police said on Tuesday they had arrested eight people after 85 bags stuffed with human body parts including limbs, fingers and skulls were found dumped in a landfill.

The black bin bags were discovered Monday in a suburb of the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

"We have arrested eight suspects in connection with the 85 bags found in Kinondoni area of Dar es Salaam," city police chief Suleiman Kova told AFP.

Those arrested were reported to work at a private medical teaching college.

"We are detaining them for interrogation over the alleged dumping of the human body parts," Kova added.

It was not clear how many bodies were included in the bags, each of which reportedly contained several kilogrammes of flesh.

Kova said limbs, fingers and skulls were all found in the bags, but that the flesh was not fresh.

"I can't say how many human bodies were there, but we have taken them to Muhimbili National Hospital for further testing," he said. "They were dry and produced no smell."

Police said they had no information as to why the body parts had been dumped, and would not comment as to whether they were connected to witchcraft ceremonies.

Attackers in Tanzania have killed a string of albinos in recent years. In Tanzania, albinos are killed and dismembered due to a widespread belief that charms made from their body parts bring good fortune and prosperity.

There was no indication any of the body parts in the bag were from albinos.

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