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Police issue warning to bald men after witchdoctor tells believers there is gold in their heads

It's an unusual motive...

Bald men in Mozambique are taking cover after an unusual motive for murder has been uncovered.

Police have warned bald men in Mozambique that they could be the targets of ritual attacks after a recent spate of killings.

Five bald men were targeted and killed for their body parts, with three men killed in the past week alone.

‘The belief is that the head of a bald man contains gold,’ Afonso Dias, a police commander in Mozambique’s central Zambezia province, told the BBC.

Two 20-something male suspects have been arrested in the central district of Milange, where the killings occurred.

‘Their motive comes from superstition and culture – the local community thinks bald individuals are rich,’ Commander Dias explained.

There has also been a spate of killings of albino people in East Africa in recent years, with their body parts used to make charms and potions by witchdoctors.

A regional security spokesman, Miguel Caetano, told the AFP News Agency that one of the victims had his head cut off and his organs removed.

‘The organs were to be used in rituals to advance the wealth of clients in Tanzania and Malawi,’ Mr Caetano said.

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