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Suspected Penis Snatcher Beaten to Death
Fri Oct 10,10:53 AM ET	 



BANJUL (Reuters) - A 28-year-old man accused of stealing a man's penis through sorcery was 
beaten to death in the West African country of Gambia on Thursday, police said. 
	 
A police spokesman told Reuters that Baba Jallow was killed by about 10 people in the town 
of Serekunda, nine miles from the capital Banjul. 
Reports of penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, with purported victims claiming 
that alleged sorcerers simply touched them to make their genitals shrink or disappear in order
 to extort cash in the promise of a cure. 
The police spokesman said many men in Serekunda were now afraid to shake hands, and he urged 
people not to believe reports of "vanishing" genitals. Belief in sorcery is widespread in West Africa. 
Seven alleged penis snatchers were beaten to death by angry mobs in Ghana in 1997. 
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