A four year old child is battling for his life in the Namwala District Hospital after he was allegedly stabbed several times by unknown people men in the same area.
Southern Province Commanding Office. Lemmy Kajoba confirmed this to ZANIS in a telephone interview today,He identified the victim as Chimwila Kasolo of Ching’ombe Village adding that the incident happened around 18 hours yesterday.
Mr. Kajoba said the child was in the company of two of his friends and they were playing near their home when two men emerged from a nearby bush then grabbed and dragged him into the bush.He said two unknown men stabbed the child in his stomach and attempted to cut his throat using what the police suspected to be a knife.
He said the boy was only rescued by alert members of the general public after one of the boys screamed for help. The suspects fled for safety.
Mr. Kajoba said the victim sustained deep wounds on his stomach leaving his intestines protruding and had deep cuts on his throat and his back.
He also said the boy was bleeding profusely from the stab wounds and was rushed to the hospital where he was admitted.
Mr. Kajoba pointed out that this was the latest incident and police believe the suspects could ritual killers.
And Namwala District Medical Officer Dr Davy Kaile said the condition of the boy was stable as he was responding to treatment well.
“We operated on him when he was brought in yesterday and we finished around 02:00 hours today and I can confirm that his condition is stable,” said Dr Kaile.
Meanwhile, Police have launched a massive manhunt for the two men and are appealing to members of the public to assist them with information leading to the arrest of the suspects.