A man has allegedly murdered his wife and two children using an axe after he fell into a trance while praying with his family.
The incident occurred in the Woodlands suburb of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on Tuesday.
Leo Kanyimoto was said to be praying with his wife, who is in her 20’s, and other family members, for the deliverance of one of his children, who, he claimed, was possessed when he suddenly went violent.
Kanyimo, who is in his 30’s, is an ardent Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) follower.
One of the neighbours, Charles Ngazi, said: “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”
“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 body of Kanyimo’s wife was seen lay down on a bed in the house, while the body of one of the children was on the floor, according to Zimbabwe’s Chronicle newspaper.
The second child’s body lay in the middle of the road covered in a blanket, the newspaper added.
Neighbours said the couple’s other child escaped the killing.
The suspect has since been arrested after residents raised alarm over the bizarre incident.
Zimbabwe national police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, confirmed the development.
“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.”