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Mob slays Kenyan child killer Masten Wanjala after escape from police cells

Masten Milimu Wanjala at the Makadara Law Courts in Nairobi on July 15, 2021. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NMG

Enraged mob attacked and killed self-confessed child killer, Masten Wanjala, in his hometown in western Kenya two days after escaping from police custody.

According to Assistant County Commissioner, Cornelius Nyaribai, Bungoma Wanjala was slain about 6.45 a.m. on Friday.

The 20-year-old escaped from a Nairobi police station under mysterious circumstances on Tuesday night, hours before he was to be tried in court, after confessing to killing 13 children after sexually abusing them and swallowing their blood.

Three officers assigned to the Jogoo Road Police Station have been detained as police investigate.

The window to his cell was not broken and neither was the door, which can only be locked or opened from the outside. The cells at the police station are located behind the reporting desk, meaning no one can enter or leave without the duty officer noticing. 

Wanjala had been arrested in July this year in connection with two missing children aged 13 and 12. Following his arrest, he led police to where he had dumped the bodies of the minors in Spring Valley estate, Westlands in Nairobi.

Afterwards, Wanjala confessed to a secret murderous campaign spanning six years and in more than four counties where he executed all his victims single-handedly, some with his bare hands.

He admitted to kidnapping and slaughtering at least 13 children in Nairobi and its environs as the city reeled under a spiralling wave of abductions.

In Bungoma County, he led detectives to several scenes where he claimed to have buried some of his victims. In one village in Kimilili Constituency, one of the victims, nine-year-old Emmanuel Wafula, was defiled and killed before his body was dumped in a pit latrine in the area in February 2019.

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