A bizarre incident played out in Kigali, Rwanda after the discovery of more than 10 bodies buried in a hole in the kitchen of a 34 years old man who has since been arrested by the local authorities.
Police said the man is a suspected serial killer believed to have lured his victims from bars to his rented home in a Kigali suburb.
The matter is being handled by the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB).
The death toll is expected to rise as police search for more bodies believed to have been buried in the compound which has since been cordoned off as a scene of crime.
RIB spokesman Thierry Murangira declined to confirm a figure, telling AFP that “the final number will be determined by forensic investigations”.
The suspect is not a first time offender.
In July this year, he had been arrested on suspicion of robbery and rape among other offences but was granted bail due to a lack of evidence, he said, quoted by local media.
Investigations continued however and he was rearrested on Tuesday and his home searched, leading to the discovery of the bodies dumped in a pit he had dug in his kitchen.
“The suspect confessed that he learned to kill from watching famous serial killers. He dissolved some of his victims in acid.” RIB source said.
“He would study his victims before stalking them and usually went for those that are most likely not to have close family or friends to look out for them.” The source added.
Murangira said the suspect had confessed during interrogation to the killings and that preliminary investigations had found the victims were both male and female.
“He operated by luring his victims, mostly prostitutes, to his home where he would rob them of their phones and belongings and then strangled them to death and buried them in a hole dug in the kitchen of his rented house,” he added.