GWERU: A Gweru man this afternoon fell into a trance while praying with family and grabbed an axe before chopping to death his wife and two kids.
The other kid escaped the chop and was saved by neighbours.
Witnesses to the shocking incident which occurred in Woodlands Suburb said the man, Francis Kanyimo, an adent Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) follower was praying in his house together with the family when he suddenly turned violent.
“We knew him as a prayerful man and yesterday he said they were fasting and praying for one of their kids who he was saying had some evil spirits.
“Prayers continued today (Tuesday) and we suddenly heard some screams thus when we dashed to the scene only to realise he was axing the family,” said a neighbour, Charles Ngazi.
“Kanyimo never fled the scene and after the horrific act, he dashed outside shouting Gweru has been cleansed,” added Ngazi.
When CommuTalk visited the scene, the three bodies of the mother and her two kids had already been recovered by the police.
The room however still had a pool of blood and windows were visibly broken.
Midlands provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko said police were still attending the scene.