Man allegedly kills 12 children 'after watching them play football'

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WARNING - DISTURBING CONTENT: A Kenyan man has reportedly admitted to killing at least 12 children in what police suspect were black magic rituals.

He said he would target boys that he spotted playing football, and then join in the games in order to get talking to them before kidnapping and killing them.

The bodies of two boys were recovered in a thicket near the Kabete Approved School in Kabete just outside the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Tuesday.

The suspect has been identified as Masten Milimu Wanjala, 20, who was once remanded at the Kabete Approved School for truancy and knew the area well, including the places where the kids would gather to play football.

According to local media, the suspect confessed to killing at least 12 children and even led officers to some of the decomposing bodies.

Masten Milimu Wanjala, 20, is accused of killing 12 children. Source: Newsflash
Masten Milimu Wanjala, 20, is accused of killing 12 children. Source: Newsflash

The remains of Charles Opindo Bala, 13, who disappeared on June 30, and Junior Mutuku Musyoki, 12, who went missing on July 7, were found in a thicket near Kabete Approved School on Tuesday.

The following day, the suspect led officers to a manhole in the school area where the naked body of a third boy was discovered.

The suspected killer, who the police believe may have been colluding with others, remained calm when leading cops to the bodies, according to local media.

When asked about the motive for the alleged killings, Wanjala is quoted as muttering under his breath: “I killed the first child back in the village and then I was forced to take some concoction. That is what drives me to kill.”

The suspect’s mention of a “concoction” and being “driven to kill” means the police will not rule out the possibility of witchcraft and the involvement of others.

When asked why he killed his latest two victims, he replied: “I asked for ransom but they (parents) did not respond so I decided to kill them.”

A body is retrieved by authorities in the search for the missing children. Source: Newsflash
A body is retrieved by authorities in the search for the missing children. Source: Newsflash

He then led officers to two other spots where there were two victims, one at Pumwani Bridge and the other in the town of Machakos where he also claimed to have dumped other victims, according to the police.

“Wanjala, who is believed to have killed more than 10 minors, led detectives to the spot where he committed the beastly act and disposed of the bodies in Kabete," a police spokesperson said.

The police also stated that he had confessed to killing at least 12 victims.

The spokesperson continued: “Detectives are currently interrogating the criminal, to establish the whereabouts of the other children he is believed to have kidnapped and executed.”

Wanjala is suspected of commuting from his hideout in Kitengela to stalk boys playing football.

A police vehicle at a site where they were led to in the search for victim's bodies. Source: Kenya Citizen TV
A police vehicle at a site where they were led to in the search for victim's bodies. Source: Kenya Citizen TV

Alleged killer 'sought $600 from one victim's family'

He was arrested on Sunday after contacting the mother of Junior Mutuku Musyoki, whose body was found on Tuesday, to demand a ransom of $600 for the boy’s return.

The mother contacted the police who were able to track the signal to the suspect’s hideout in Kitengela where he was arrested.

During a search, the police found $60 on the suspect. It was later discovered that he also contacted the father of Charles Opindo Bala about a $350 ransom.

Police spokesperson George Kinoti said they are yet to determine the exact motive for the murders, and that the suspect is being detained at the Shauri Moyo police station as the investigation continues.

According to local media, the number of kidnappings in Kenya has been on the rise, however, the police insist they are on top of the situation.

- Newsflash/ Australscope

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