A “satanic” group has tortured to death, a pregnant woman, her five children and one other in a suspected exorcism in Panama.
The pregnant woman and six children were from an indigenous community, were rounded up by 10 lay preachers before being tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them “repent for their sins” by the “satanic” group.
14 others from the Ngabe Bugle indigenous group were also freed by the Police where they had been tied up and beaten with wooden clubs and Bibles after the officers were alerted what was happening by three villagers who managed to escape and travel to a hospital for treatment.
They were found in an improvised church called The New Light Of God – and a local official said the police were shocked by what they saw. Prosecutor Rafael Baloyes said:
“They were performing a ritual inside the structure. In that ritual, there were people being held against their will, being mistreated.
“All of these rites were aimed at killing them if they did not repent their sins.”
The pregnant woman was found naked inside the building with machetes, knives and a goat sacrificed in a ritual while two other pregnant women and several children were injured.
According to Sky News, the area is so remote that helicopters were used to take them to hospital for treatment.
Freshly dug graves were also found with bodies of six children and one adult, a mile away from the building with the youngest being a year old and one of the suspects in the killing is the children’s grandfather.
“They searched this family out to hold a ritual and they massacred them, mistreated them, killed practically the whole family,” Mr Baloyes said.
Local leaders have described the sect as “satanic” and called for it to be eradicated immediately. It is believed The New Light Of God movement had only been operating in the area for about three months – and on Saturday, one of the sect’s members claimed to have received a message from God telling him that everyone must repent or die.