A Muslim man from Myanmar used a kitchen knife to slaughter his wife and four children at home in Saudi Arabia, saying he did so because he loved them.
The murder, which has already sent shock waves through the conservative Gulf Kingdom, took place at dawn on Wednesday and police found all the family lying in a pool of blood inside their small apartment in the western Red Sea port of Jeddah.
The 42-year-old man, identified as Abu Al Kalam, confessed to police that he slit the throat of his 30-year-old wife and four daughters, aged between 9 months and six years. After murdering them, he phoned his Saudi employer and told him about the crime before heading for the Grand Mosque in nearby Makkah for prayers.
“Abu Al Kalam stayed there for several hours before going to the police and handing himself over,” the Arabic language daily Okaz said.
“He confessed to murdering his family, saying that he had imagined that he would die before them in the next few days…he said he did not want to leave behind his family living in misery so he decided to take them with him because he loves them.”