Seven women and one man accused of witchcraft were lynched by a mob in the village of Ndoumbou, situated about 50 kilometres from Bouca in the Central African Republic.
HumAngle reports that the mob action happened on Tuesday, Dec. 7 during which three other persons were rescued from the angry mob and taken to a hospital.
Anti-Balaka militia were said to be a larger part of the mob.
The mob action followed 10 incidents in Ndoumbou village involving witchcraft and the use of supernatural means to cause the death of a pregnant woman.
“The women were 10 in number and seven were killed with iron bars and cutlasses. Three survived and were taken to hospital,” one eyewitness told HumAngle.
According to various local sources, the incident on Tuesday was not the first time Anti-Balaka militia have taken the law into their own hands by killing individuals accused of various crimes.
One such incident in 2015 involved an old woman who was buried alive by Anti-Balaka militia who accused her of witchcraft.
In the Central African Republic, ancestral beliefs are still very much alive and it is dangerous to publicly accuse anyone of witchcraft as this can result in instant lynching.
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