Indian man kills 14 members of own family, then hangs himself

Indian mourners carry coffins with the bodies of some of the 14 family members murdered at home, during their funeral in Mumbai on February 28, 2016.
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Indian mourners carry coffins with the bodies of some of the 14 family members murdered at home, during their funeral in Mumbai on February 28, 2016.

A man in India stabbed 14 members of his own family to death, including seven children, before hanging himself, police said on Sunday, in one of the country's worst - and grizzliest - massacres in recent years.

Thirty five year-old Hasnin Warekar killed his parents and several of his sisters and their children at the family home shortly after midnight in the city of Thane, about 27 kms (16.8 miles) north of Mumbai, police spokesman Gajanan Kabdule said.

One of Warekar's sisters survived the attack, and is being treated for her injuries in hospital.

"He used a big knife. He killed his parents, his sisters and his sisters' children. He slit their throats," Kabdule told Reuters.

Police are investigating the possibility that a property dispute lay behind the massacre, although a motive is yet to be established, he said.

Local media reported that Warekar had laced his family's food with a sedative before slaughtering them, but Kabdule said this was unconfirmed as samples taken from the house were still being analysed.

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