MONROVIA, Liberia (BBC) -- Milton Blahyi, a former feared rebel commander in Liberia's brutal civil war, has admitted to taking part in human sacrifices as part of traditional ceremonies intended to ensure victory in battle.
He said the sacrifices ""included the killing of an innocent child and plucking out the heart, which was divided into pieces for us to eat.""
There had been numerous rumors of human sacrifices during the 1979-93 conflict but this is the first time anyone has admitted publicly to the practice.
Mr. Blahyi, 37, is better known in Liberia as ""General Butt Naked"" because he went into combat with no clothes on, to scare the enemy.
He is now an Evangelist preacher, who prefers to use the name Joshua.
He was speaking to the BBC, after telling Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) that his forces had killed 20,000 people.
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