A suspected serial killer of children, apprehended in Ivory Coast, said he killed on God’s instructions. Drissa Coulibaly is thought to have been responsible for the hacking deaths of possibly dozens of children over a span of just months. He has confessed to three of the murders so far (though some reports say he later withdrew his formal confession).
“The man came out with a machete. I fell down. He started to hack at me.” Little Souleymane was in shock, but he survived, unlike many victims of a wave of child murders in Ivory Coast. The 10-year-old boy, along with many other children and women from Abidjan’s poor Yopougon neighbourhood, was fetching water from a well by a lagoon on Sunday when the assailant struck.
The man, nabbed later by security forces, calmly told police that God had told him “to cut off children’s heads … and then I would be made king.”