Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 14:48
Indian-origin cricketer beheaded in South Africa



Nawaz Khan, 23, was allegedly lured by his friend Thandowakhe Duma and was attacked with a bush knife and beheaded.

In a brutal incident, an intellectually impaired South African cricketer of Indian origin has been beheaded in a ritual sacrifice, prompting police to start a probe and arrest three persons, including his best friend, in connection with the murder.

Nawaz Khan, 23, was allegedly lured by his best friend Thandowakhe Duma, 21, and a traditional healer to a forest near his home, where he was attacked with a bush knife and beheaded, and foreign media reports.

His friend Duma was charged with murder after he led the police team to the site of the beheading at the weekend after confessing that a traditional healer had requested him to bring along a human head to address problems that he was facing.

Two more people were arrested after being found in possession of Khan’s mobile phones, which they claimed they had purchased from his alleged killers.

Khan won Cricket South Africa’s award for the intellectually impaired Cricketer of the Year in 2013.

His mother, Zakia Khan, said: “He was thrilled when he received his award from his ideal, Hashim Amla, calling it the happiest day of his life.”

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