Police in Kitwe have launched a manhunt for assailants who chopped off and run away with the left hand of a seven- year- old Albino girl.
Copperbelt Police Commissioner, Charity Katanga says the incident happened on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 around midnight in Mutupa farming area of Chantente ward across the Kafue River in Kitwe.
The Copperbelt Police Commissioner said the unknown assailants used a machete to chop off the hand of the girl.
Ms. Katanga said, “the incident occurred on 6th November 2019 around 24: 00 hours in Mutupa farming area, Chantente Ward, across Kafue River, Kitwe. In which the girl’s father, 27, and a peasant farmer whose name has been withheld reported that his daughter aged 7, an Albino, Grade 1 pupil at Mutupa Community School had her left hand chopped off slightly above the elbow by unknown criminals who forced their way through the window into the bedroom where the victim was sleeping with the sister.”
She said the assailants forcibly dragged the 7 years old albino outside into the nearby bush.
Ms Katanga said the parents of the girl whilst asleep, heard their children screaming for help in the other bedroom and woke up to check what was happening to their children.
She said the parents then saw a man jumping through the window while carrying their albino daughter and rushed outside to follow where three unknown male persons were seen armed with a machete running towards the nearby bush with their victim in their hands.
Ms Katanga said it was at this point the couple decided to shout for help and the criminals immediately chopped off the left hand of the girl just slightly above the elbow using a machete and took away the piece of the cut hand to unknown destination.
Ms. Katanga said the victim was rushed to Riverside Police Station were the matter was reported and police officers rushed her to Kitwe Teaching Hospital where she is admitted awaiting to undergo a surgery.
Ms. Katanga said the condition of the girl is stable although the wound on the mutilated hand is so bad and the girl is in pain.