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Six held over nun's murder in Mozambique

Six people have been arrested over the murder of a Brazilian nun in northern Mozambique, where missionaries have received death threats since that alleging an organ trafficking network is operating in the area.

The body of 53-year-old Doraci Edinger was found in front of her home in Nampula, the country's third largest city, where four nuns have received death threats.

Attorney General Joaquim Madeira declined comment on a possible link between the missionary's death and the alleged organ trafficking ring, saying: "Let the investigators do their work first."

He said there was strong evidence of child trafficking in Mozambique.

"We are working with about six children who are said to have escaped from their abductors after going missing for weeks or months," he said.

Madeira said one of the children has already been heard but declined to comment on what had been said.

Edinger, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church, had been in the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique since 1998.

Four missionary nuns living in the same town told Portuguese radio TSF last week that they had recently had a narrow escape from an armed ambush after presenting what they said was evidence that local children were being killed so that their organs could be sold.

The four nuns told a Spanish newspaper earlier this month that they had gathered testimony from would-be victims of the network who had managed to escape and had photographs of dead children with missing organs.

Six held over nun's murder (The Australian 2/3/04)

Nuns blow whistle on organ traffickers (CathNews 5/2/04)

Agency says: 'Africa needs action not words' (Independent Catholic News 26/2/04)

2 Mar 2004