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A 12-year-old albino boy was hacked to death by a gang of armed men possibly motivated by witchcraft in Burundi late Thursday.

"The 12-year-old albino was killed by four men with guns and knives. They cut off his left hand and fled away with it," Joseph Ntahuga, a government administrator, told Reuters.

Witch doctors covet the blood and body parts of albinos, believing they bring good luck.

The murder marks the 14th killing of an albino in Burundi since 2008.

Ntahuga said the victim has two other albino siblings.

Officials believe the albino hunters are working with witch doctors in Tanzania where albino killings are common, Reuters reported.

Kazungu Kassim, the head of an albino advocacy group, called for the death penalty for the killers.

"The solution is to sentence those responsible for albino killings to hang as it is done in Tanzania," he said.

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