Attackers hurled firebombs into the home of an opposition figure from neighboring Malawi on Friday and killed seven people, police said, but the apparent target of the attack was not in the house.
Four of the victims were children ranging in age from two months to eight years, police said. Five people were injured, including the owner of the house, Mkwapatira Mhango.Mhango is secretary of publicity and information of the Malawi Freedom Movement, or Mafremo, which opposes the government of Malawi's president, Kamuzu Banda.
He said the apparent target of the firebombing was Edward Chirwa, Mafremo's chairman, who had been visiting Zambia and staying with Mhango.
"This must have been politically motivated from Malawi," said Mhango, who was hospitalized with severe burns.
"Dr. Chirwa was here on a private visit and not to hatch a plot against the Malawian government," Mhango said. He said Chirwa returned to Malawi a few days ago.
Mhango's two wives, three of their children, and a visiting Malawian woman and her baby were killed in the attack in the working-class suburb of Kamwala, police said.