Islamic Witch Hunts (Algeria)

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35 people, including a 83-year-old woman, accused of witchcraft are arrested in a village south of Bordj Bouarreridj. Material allegedly used for rituals and healing are seized

35 people accused of witchcraft have been arrested in Algeria, in a village south of Bordj Bouarreridj, 200 km east of Algiers. According to reports by daily paper Ennahar, the group - which also includes an 83-year-old woman - was practicing group rituals promising "to heal and exorcise illnesses." In the house used for the magical practices, several products used for rituals and healing potions were seized.