Liberia: President says ritual killings on the rise

| November 30, 2015

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last week vowed to crack down on a rise in ritual killings in Liberia. Local media have reported at least 10 such murders in Liberia since the summer.

President Johnson Sirleaf says: “We are witnessing the rise in what appears to be ritualistic killings and armed robbery in the country, thus threatening our security. I am instructing the security forces to rigorously enforce the law to the letter and bring this ugly situation under immediate control.”

Some residents have speculated that presidential hopefuls for the 2017 elections are using ritual magic to boost their chances. Body parts are prized for their supernatural powers and are used in such ceremonies.

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Photo: A view of a street in Monrovia January 29, 2013. Credit: REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon