A new superstitious belief has emerged in some areas of Mozambique – that bald men have gold in their head, BBC Africa reports.
To extract the gold, the head has to be taken to a witchdoctor who will use magical powers to extract it and make the ritualist rich.
According to police, five bald men have been killed in central Mozambique – two in May in Milange district, close to the border with Malawi, and three this month in Morrumbala district.
Two young people have so far been arrested over the killings.
Mozambique police spokesman Inacio Dina said a team had been sent to the remote region to investigate the murders.
His words: “Our preliminary conclusion indicates that the phenomenon is due to cultural beliefs. We are currently investigating the case to find out more and to understand the dimension of the problem.
“The phenomenon can lead bald people to be pursued and killed. This is a serious homicide crime. Our current interest is to catch and hold responsible all those involved.”