JOHANNESBURG - Police have launched investigations into the deaths of 23 boys and young men in botched circumcision rituals in rural South Africa.
The victims, aged between 13 and 21 years, all were taking part in indigenous rituals, Colonel Leonard Hlathi said on Friday. He was unable to comment on whether one practitioner or several were under suspicion.
"We are currently investigating 22 murder cases and one other case is also being reviewed with exceptional circumstances," Hlathi said by telephone from the eastern Mpumalanga province, where the deaths occurred.
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