Man tries to sell wife's body parts

A Tanzanian man has been arrested for allegedly trying to sell his wife's head and other body parts, including her breasts and genitals.

Police said yesterday that the man confessed during interrogation to killing his wife after hearing that human organs were in demand in the region he lived in, Shinyanga, 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 psychiatric testing before trial.

Sale of human body parts is not uncommon in the East African state, where dozens of albinos have been murdered for their body parts, which are then used by witch doctors to concoct lucky charms.