Masten Vanzala confesses to killing a dozen children
Police in Kenya say a man who confessed to killing a dozen children and fled custody this week was killed by a mob.
Area Assistant County Commissioner Cornelius Nyaribai confirmed the murder of Masten Vanzala on Thursday. The murder near his home in Bangoma County occurred a day after he fled a police room in Nairobi.
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Police officials said Vanzala was identified after attending a football match and playing with locals. Some people chased him and thrashed him to death.
“The law of the forest, as enforced by angry villagers, prevailed,” the Kenyan Police’s Directorate of Criminal Investigation said in a tweet on Friday.
Authorities said Vanzala had confessed to killing 12 children in Nairobi and Machakos and Bungoma counties when he was arrested in July. He allegedly posed as a football coach to lure victims.
So far five bodies have been retrieved.