Indian man 'kills 14 members of family' before suicide

2016-02-28 10:27


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Mumbai - A man in India has allegedly murdered 14 members of his family, including seven children, with a butcher's knife before committing suicide near the city of Mumbai, police said.

The massacre happened after family members gathered late on Saturday at one of their homes in Thane, about 32km from Mumbai, for a family function, police said.

"The attacker, Hasnin Anwar Warekar, hung himself after slitting the throats of all other family members including his parents," a Thane police spokesperson, Gajanan Laxman Kabdule, told the AFP news agency.

The sole survivor of the attack - Warekar's sister - was taken to hospital after neighbours heard her screaming for help after midnight and alerted police.

"We still haven't been able to speak with the attacker's 21-year-old sister, the lone survivor of the attack, who is in deep trauma at a city hospital," Kabdule said.

Warekar, 35, attacked his family after apparently lacing their food with a sedative, according to several local media reports.

But the Indian Express newspaper said the assailant stabbed his victims after they went to bed, having all decided to spend the night at the house.

"Prima facie evidence suggests that the accused bolted all the doors of the house and murdered his family while they were asleep with a knife that we found near his body," Ashutosh Dumbre, joint commissioner of Thane police, was quoted as saying.

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