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Victims of messianic sect in Kenya surge to 133

Nairobi, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Kenyan police on Tuesday confirmed the discovery of new dead bodies in a wooded area in the south of the country among the followers of a messianic sect, raising the death toll to 133.

The new human remains were found as Kenyan authorities resumed a search that was suspended last week due to pelting rains in the region.

Kenyan coastal police commissioner Rhoda Onyancha said 68 people have now been rescued alive from Shakahola forest in the coastal county of Kilifi, where the victims were tricked into fasting to death to meet Jesus Christ.

Hundreds of other missing persons in this area are estimated to be related to this cult and are feared dead.

The Kenyan government has so far arrested 25 people in connection with the case, according to reports.

The leader of the sect, Paul Mackenzie Nthenge, and several of his followers have been arrested. Authorities said the exhumations will continue until 360 people reported missing are found.

Kenyan President William Ruto ordered to establish a team of specialists to investigate into the cult formation, roots and its effects on society.


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