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Friday, August 13, 1999 Published at 13:49 GMT 14:49 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

Three arrested for cannibalism in Kazakhstan

Interior Ministry officials in Kazakhstan say three male psychiatric nurses have been arrested and charged with murdering at least four prostitutes.

But the officials said they could not confirm reports that the accused had eaten the flesh of the women.

A ministry spokesman Aman Ismailov said the nurses, who worked in a hospital in the Kazakh commercial capital, Almaty, lured the women to their homes, and drugged them before killing them.

He said the men would be undergoing psychiatric examination.

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