Thieves seeking buried treasure in the Osim region near the city of Giza of Egypt near Osim beheaded a child with the help of a witch. According to the Egyptian Al Ahram news service, the gang of robbers had hoped that human sacrifice would yield the whereabouts of antiquities at a tomb of one of the pharaohs.
The state-run news service reported on January 5 that a sorcerer had convinced the thieves of the necessity of murdering a child at the site of the tomb in order to possess the riches thought to be there. The gang of criminals had contracted the sorcerer to abduct a child in exchange for 8,000 Egyptian pounds, or approximately $1500.
Police were alerted to the crime when one of the robbers, who apparently experienced a change of heart, called for help from his cellphone. Arriving too late, Egyptian police found the knife used to slay the child along with several supposed antiquities. The alleged murderers had fled.
Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.