The Malawi’s police chief has issued a shoot-to-kill order against those caught in the inhumane act of abducting and killing of albinos in the country.
According to a report by CCTV Africa, albino abduction and killings in neighboring Tanzania has sprang into Malawi, as such, it became important ‘to fight against the criminality aggressively and professionally’ said Kachama.
Criminal gangs nicknamed “albino hunters’ have been terrorizing the southeast African country, armed with machetes, knives and axes, abducting and often killing albinos in broad day light and in the dead of the night.
According to the police, by now about 50 criminal offences have been committed against albinos and the number might even be higher, as some incidents may not have been reported to police.
Police figures show that as of January 2016, at least 11 people with albinism were killed while 34 others were attacked with some of them suffering body mutilations.
Besides the use of violence, the police say all sorts of tricks are used by criminals involved in a syndicate that is hunting for albino body parts in Malawi, including the use of parents and relatives to catch their prey.
The abductors often sell the albino body parts for witchcraft purposes.
Source: CCTV Africa