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Escaped Kenyan child killer beaten to death by mob

Police authorities said Masten Wanjala was identified after he played with locals in a football match.

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Masten Wanjala was detained over the killing of a dozen children (AP)

Masten Wanjala was detained over the killing of a dozen children (AP)

Masten Wanjala was detained over the killing of a dozen children (AP)

A Kenyan man who confessed to killing a dozen children has been beaten to death by a mob after escaping from a police station.

Area Assistant County Commissioner Cornelius Nyaribai said Masten Wanjala was killed near his home in Bungoma county, a day after he escaped from police cells in Nairobi.

Police authorities said Wanjala was identified after he played with locals in a football match. Some then trailed him and beat him to death.

“The law of the jungle as applied by irate villagers prevailed,” Kenyan police’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations said in a tweet on Friday.

Authorities have said Wanjala confessed to killing 12 children in Nairobi, Machakos and Bungoma counties when he was arrested in July. He reportedly posed as a football coach to lure victims.

So far, five bodies have been recovered.

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