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Man chops off wife’s arm and leg, flees

A 47-year-old man in Dowa, just outside Malawi’s capital Lilongwe, is on the run after he chopped off his wife’s arm and leg after a quarrel

Police have identified the man as Henry Agabu Vunga. His wife was Tikhala Benson both from the same traditional area of Dzoole

She died from heavy loss of blood, police said.

Police Spokesperson Kondwani Kandiado said that police are yet to establish what led to the quarrel between the two, married since 1998.

“The incident happened around 7.00 pm on Tuesday. The man killed the wife by completely chopping off the wife’s left arm and left leg. He sliced the woman’s arm and leg using a panga knife,” he said.

The couple has five children between them.

This is the second incident of domestic violence in the area which has gotten public attention. In 2006, Herbert Mankhwala chopped off both arms of his wife Marietta Samuel. She was lucky to survive the attack.

The husband is currently in jail.

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