Kenya: child killer escapes prison and is beaten to death by mobs

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Kenyan police said a man who confessed to killing a dozen children and escaped detention this week was killed by a mob.

Deputy County Commissioner Cornelius Nyaribai confirmed the murder of Masten Wanjala on Thursday. The murder near his home in Bungoma County came a day after he escaped police cells in Nairobi.

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Police authorities said Wanjala was identified after joining a football match and playing with locals. Some then followed him and beat him to death.

“The law of the jungle as enforced by angry villagers has prevailed,” Kenya Police’s Criminal Investigations Directorate said in a tweet on Friday.

Murder suspect Masten Wanjala sits in the back of a police truck after being taken by police to the scene to identify the location of the victim's suspected remains, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday July 14, 2021. On December 15, 2021, the man who police say confessed to killing a dozen children and escaped detention this week was killed by a mob near his home in the county from Bungoma.  (AP Photo)
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Murder suspect Masten Wanjala sits in the back of a police truck after being taken by police to the scene to identify the location of the victim’s suspected remains, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday July 14, 2021. On December 15, 2021, the man who police say confessed to killing a dozen children and escaped detention this week was killed by a mob near his home in the county from Bungoma. (AP Photo)
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Authorities said Wanjala confessed to killing 12 children in Nairobi and Machakos and Bungoma counties when he was arrested in July. He allegedly passed himself off as a football coach to attract victims.

So far, five bodies have been found.

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