A Zimbabwean man in his 30s has been arrested after he hacked his wife and two children to death with an axe during an intensive family prayer session.
The man identified as Leo Kanyimo became violent during a family prayer session, butchering the wife and his 10-year-old son and an 18-year-old girl using an axe.
Leo Kanyimo, who was an ardent Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) follower caused the bloody bath in the Woodlands suburb on Tuesday afternoon.
Police have subsequently arrested and reported that only one of the suspect’s children was able to escape being murdered.
Kanyimo’s neighbours who have been left in a state of shock said he was a calm gentleman.
“We knew him as a prayerful man and yesterday he said they were fasting and praying for one of their children whom he said was possessed by some evil spirits,” one of the neighbours identified as Charles Ngazi told Zimbabwe’s Herald.
“As they were praying in their house, we suddenly heard some screams and when we dashed to the scene, we realised that he was axing his family.”
The Zimbabwean police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi who confirmed the heartbreaking incident said the suspect was “running around with the baby he had killed”
The police boss is quoted as saying: “The man in his 30s started having problems in Woodlands, Gweru, and took a log and killed his wife, who was in her 20s, his 10-year-old son and an 18-year-old girl using a log,” Nyathi said.
“Neighbours heard some noise and saw the man running around with the baby he had killed. They alerted the police at Nehanda Station and he was arrested. We are still investigating the case.”
Some witnesses have speculated that Kanyimo was in a trance when he committed the heartless crime but that can only be established after the police investigation.