5 Mar 2010

Vanuatu police arrest six over killing of two brothers accused over black magic deaths

3:33 pm on 5 March 2010

Vanuatu police have arrested six men in connection to the killing of two brothers who were hacked to death in Lolowai on the island of Ambae.

The Deputy Police Commissioner, Arthur Caulton, said a raiding party of 12 armed men travelled by boat to Ambae in pursuit of the two brothers who were accused of being responsible for two black magic deaths in Maewo.

Police arrested the six of the suspects in Maewo island and have detained them in Luganville Santo.

The brothers had escaped by canoe to Lolowai to seek refuge at the Anglican Brotherhood Training Centre at Saratamata.

Mr Caulton said the suspects dumped the brothers' bodies at sea.

This is the second reported incident this year involving a death in connection to suspicions of black magic use.