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Police flee from 'goblin' in a suitcase

Posted on Saturday, 25 January, 2014 | Comment icon 24 comments

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A bizarre case of mass hysteria is reported to have caused police in Zimbabwe to flee in terror.
The peculiar incident was alleged to have taken place at the Tshabalala Police Station on Wednesday evening. According to reports, a family from a local suburb left a suitcase at the station containing a "goblin" in a blood-filled bottle.

"We heard some screaming from the charge office and most officers who had knocked off rushed to see what was happening," said one officer. "At first everyone gathered around the suitcase, wanting to see what was inside."

What happened next isn't clear, but several of the officers reportedly fled the building in terror after the "goblin" jumped out of the bottle and ran amok until a healer was said to have overpowered it and destroyed it with fire.

"One minute, the charge office was full, the next, it was empty," said the officer. "I think some people went out through the windows because we could not all have fitted through the door."

Most likely a case of mass hysteria sparked by an animal taxidermy or other ritualistic object that happened to be in the suitcase, the incident nonetheless emphasizes the extent to which spiritual beliefs and superstitions dominate the lives of those who live in the region.

Source: Bulawayo24 | Comments (24)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by John Mirra on 26 January, 2014, 15:28
It wasn't that different in 2013. Those cops are fearless.... .....except when goblins are involved. I didn't sign up for this
Comment icon #16 Posted by Vincennes on 26 January, 2014, 18:15
I think this article has some serious racial overtones. What, they saw police called opening up an abandon suitcase in a railway station and pulling out something unusual. In today's world they were probably running from what we know could really be in there, like a BOMB perhaps. Doesn't seem all that strange or stupid to me. If this happened in a subway station in New York would the writer acknowledge they were all following evacuation instructions ? Zimbabwe is a large metropolitan city also.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Kelevra on 26 January, 2014, 18:58
So they often call in healers to deal with bombs?
Comment icon #18 Posted by Azznerak the Black on 27 January, 2014, 1:43
Well people, this did happen in Zimbabwe, and that region isn't known for its intellectual contributions to the world....
Comment icon #19 Posted by Realm on 27 January, 2014, 5:50
Amazing how the second I saw the title, I knew it was from someplace like Zimbabwe. I mean had this happened in other nations, chances are it would have been captured on camera within the department, but alas, we missed a real live goblin.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Calibeliever on 27 January, 2014, 17:32
That was ..... awesome.
Comment icon #21 Posted by WillSoMysterious on 27 January, 2014, 22:56
Poor, old Griphook was only trying to make his way home after a long, hard day at Gringotts when he got caught up in all this hullabaloo.
Comment icon #22 Posted by woopypooky on 28 January, 2014, 10:19
Told you , goblins are real
Comment icon #23 Posted by Mysterious Stranger 7 on 31 January, 2014, 4:38
Goblin in a suitcase? Haha.

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