Tanzanian arrested trying to sell wife's body parts

A policeman stands guard next to a black plastic bag in which they discovered a human head, breasts, genitals and other parts. (REUTERS)

Tanzanian police said on Saturday they arrested a man who tried to sell his wife's head and other body organs including breasts and genitals.

Police said the man confessed during interrogation to killing his wife to sell her body parts because he heard that human organs were in demand in his Shinyanga region in the north of Tanzania.

"The suspect had a plastic bag and claimed to be carrying pork, but police guards at a bank... checked the contents and discovered a human head, breasts, genitals and other parts," said regional police commander Diwani Athumani.

The man, arrested on Friday, will undergo a psychiatric test before trial, police said.

Sale of human body parts is not uncommon in the east African state where dozens of albinos have been murdered for their body parts used by witchdoctors to concoct lucky charms.

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