The dismembered body of a 9-year-old albino boy has been found in a river on the Burundi-Tanzania border, reports say. (map from cnn.com)
According to the head of Burundi’s albino association, the boy was taken from Makamba province in Burundi by a gang that crossed the border.
Kassim Kazungu told AFP the remains had been recovered from the Malagarazi river and given a formal burial.
In parts of Africa, albino body parts are prized because witch-doctors claim they have special powers.
Kazungu told the AFP news agency that Tanzanian police had arrested five people, although there was no official confirmation from Tanzania.
In Tanzania, witch-doctors use the body parts of people living with albinism for potions which they tell clients will help make them rich or healthy.
Dozens of albinos have been killed in the country, and the killings have spread to neighbouring Burundi.
In August a court in Tanzania sentenced a Kenyan accused of trying to sell an albino to 17 years in jail and a fine of more than $50,000.
Several people have been sentenced to death in connection with killings.
Tanzanian authorities have promised to crack down on albino traffickers.