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Saturday, 4 August, 2001, 08:46 GMT 09:46 UK
Liberia army to stop ritual killings
President Charles Taylor of Liberia has ordered special troops to the south-east of the country to halt a spate of allegedly ritual killings.

The one-hundred troops are being sent to Maryland County on the border with Ivory Coast, where residents have said that a number of black magic killings have been carried out in recent weeks.

Officials say the troops will remain responsible for security until police in the area have been given better training to deal with the situation.

A BBC correspondent in the region says that ritual killings have been a problem not just in Liberia, but across West Africa, particularly during elections or times of war.

He says that body parts are extracted from victims as ingredients for potions to be used by politicians who believe their powers will be enhanced.

President Taylor has warned that anyone found guilty of being involved faces execution.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

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