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Beer poisoned with crocodile bile kills 56 in Mozambique

Funeral drink was believed to have been poisoned with crocodile bile.
Funeral drink was believed to have been poisoned with crocodile bile. Image by Ton Rulkens / CC BY-SA 2.0

Traditional beer thought to have been contaminated with crocodile bile has killed 56 people at a funeral in Mozambique. A further 49 others have also been admitted to hospitals. Officials think the beer may have been tampered with while the mourners were at the cemetery, as those who drank it earlier showed no symptoms. The woman who made the original brew is one of the dead. Police are investigating. Read more: theguardian.com