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Witness says man killed and then eaten

A 21-YEAR-OLD man was killed on an Amazonian Indian reservation in northwest Brazil, and police said on Tuesday a witness to the attack claimed that the victim was partially eaten by the Indians.

Federal officials, however, disputed the assertion that cannibalism took place.

Ocelio Alves de Carvalho was killed on February 3 on the Kulina Indian reservation, said Jose Carlos Correia da Silva, the military police commander in the small city of Envira in Amazonas state.

Silva said an Indian who witnessed the killing and tried to stop it arrived at the police station to report the alleged murder the next day. The witness said body parts were roasted and eaten, Silva said.

"He was decapitated and cut in half," Silva said the witness told him. "After this, his internal organs, his heart, and parts of his thigh were cut away and eaten."

Silva said five suspects escaped into the jungle, and their motive was unknown.

What remained of Carvalho's body was retrieved by relatives two days after the killing and taken to a hospital, where Silva examined it.


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