47 dead bodies of Christian cult members found in Kenya’s Shakahola forest

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Kenyan police have exhumed 47 dead bodies from the Shakahola forest, believed to be followers of a Christian cult who starved themselves to death to reach heaven.

The Good News International Church members had been instructed to fast until death by their leader, Paul Mackenzie, who has been arrested.

Four of the group died before they could receive medical treatment. Mackenzie is reportedly on a hunger strike in police custody.

Interior Minister Kithure Kindiki said the 800-acre forest has been declared a crime scene, and the incident calls for stricter regulations on all religious institutions.