Ten young children have been kidnapped and murdered in southern Tanzania, and their organs harvested for 'witchcraft rituals', officials say.
The victims, aged between two and ten, had all been kidnapped from their homes in the south-western Njombe region since the beginning of the month.
The children had a number of body parts removed, including ears, tongues, teeth and sexual organs.
'So far, we have found ten bodies, and most of their private parts and teeth had been removed,' Tanzania's deputy health minister Faustine Ndugulile, told CNN.
'These murders are linked to witchcraft practices because that is the trend for such crimes, where herbalists ask people to get these human parts for money rituals,' he added.
In Tanzania, albinos are often kidnapped and their body parts hacked off for use as charms and magical potions in the belief that they bring wealth and good luck.
However, officials said the children kidnapped and murdered in Njombe had not been albino.