Severed child hands found on river bank

2015-02-19 10:33


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Durban - Severed hands of at least two children were found on the banks of the Umgeni River near Howick in KwaZulu-Natal, The Witness newspaper reported on Thursday.

According to the newspaper, workers contracted to clean up the river near the Mphophomeni township made the gruesome discovery.

The hands, believed to belong to a 1-year old and a child of about 4 or 5, were found by worker Sabelo Sibiya when he went to remove a red plastic bag.

"When I grabbed the plastic bag using a panga, a left hand fell out of the plastic bag," he was quoted as saying.

Herbs and bark, used in traditional medicine, were found along with the hands.

The newspaper quoted an unnamed police source as saying that the hands appeared to have been detached from the respective bodies for more than a week.

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