A30-YEAR-OLD Petauke man has allegedly axed to death two children aged nine and 12 and left another nine-year-old boy hospitalised after being hit with a hoe.
Eastern Province division criminal investigations officer Patrick Bili said police have arrested and detained Tobias Mumba over the incident.
He said the girl and boy, who were together at the time of the attack, met their fate when Mumba allegedly hacked the girl on the head. She died on the spot.
“The girl sustained multiple injuries on the head, neck and back and died on the spot while the boy suffered head wounds after he was crushed by the same suspect on the hea
d,” he said.
Mr Bili said the suspect was on Friday cutting trees in his village, Makale, then decided to go to a neighbouring village, Mpalewe, where he met the two children on the way.
Mr Bili said the suspect grabbed a hoe from the boy and used it to hit the nine-year-old on the head.
The boy managed to escape and reported the matter to his parents.
The injured boy is nursing his wounds at Petauke District Hospital.
Mr Bili said police are trying to establish the motive of the attacks on the children.