Police in Malawi have arrested 31 mob suspects who reportedly killed eight people after accusing them of being vampires.
Police Spokesperson, Ramsey Mushani, Friday told dpa that the suspects were arrested on charges of murder, assault and arson due to the mob killings.
Mushani said the killings, which took place in Malawi’s south, are based on the belief that “vampires’’ dressed in black enter the homes of sleeping residents to suck their blood.
The spokesperson said the latest killing occurred on Thursday in the southern city of Blantyre, when a group of angry residents accused an epileptic man of being a vampire and then killed him.
UN and the U.S. embassy in Malawi issued warnings to foreigners visiting southern Malawi.
Myths and superstitions are deeply entrenched in the nation of 17 million people where almost 40 percent of adults are illiterate, according to the UN.
No fewer than 100 riot officers were drafted into the region in response to the killings but terrified armed mobs continued hunting for ‘vampires’ on the streets and set-up roadblocks.