Gunman kills 13 people in Serbia, including 6 women, 1 child

thirteen people have been killed in Serbia after a man went on a gun rampage in a village near Belgrade, local media report.

Six men, six women and a two-year-old boy died before the gunman tried to kill himself and his wife. The pair are now said to be in a serious condition.

Police identified the gunman as Ljubisa Bogdanovic, a 60-year-old war veteran.

The victims were reported to be mainly relatives and neighbours of Bogdanovic, and included his mother and son.

Local residents said the gunman, armed with a 9mm handgun, killed his son before leaving the house and shooting dead neighbours, some of whom were still asleep.

« He knocked on the doors, and as they were opened he just fired a shot, » villager Radovan Radosavljevic was quoted by the Associated Press as saying.

« He was a good neighbour and anyone would open their doors to him. I don’t know what happened. »

All but one of the victims died instantly, police said.

Serbian police chief Milorad Veljovic, who is at the scene, told RTS that the gunman was « from a peaceful family and had no criminal record ».

« We’re all just stunned, » Mr Veljovic said.

The suspect is reported to have been made redundant last year. He fought as a Serb soldier in the war in Croatia in 1991.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

In a similar attack in Serbia in 2007, a 39-year-old man shot dead nine people and injured two others in a village in the east of the country.

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British Tourist woman stabbed to death on houseboat in Kashmir

A British woman found murdered on a houseboat in India has been named as 24-year-old Sarah Groves from Guernsey. 

The tourist was stabbed to death and discovered lying in a pool of blood inside her rented accommodation on the Dal Lake in Kashmir early this morning.

A Dutch national, named by police as 43-year-old Richard de Wit, who is believed to have been staying in the apartment, has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

A second man, the son of the owner of the houseboat where she was staying, is also helping police with their inquiries.

‘The woman had multiple stab wounds all over her body and we found a knife next to her,’ said police officer Afadul Mujtaba.

He said the victim’s body was sent for medical examination to determine whether she was sexually assaulted before being killed.

Abdul Ghani Mir, the Inspector General of Kashmir, told NDTV in India the man was arrested attempting to flee the area with only his passport.

‘The Dutch national had fled from the houseboat in the night, leaving behind his belongings,’ he said.

‘He was trying to flee from the valley, carrying only his passport. We flashed an alert for his arrest.’

The owner of the houseboat said Ms Groves had been staying there for the past two months and was like a ‘daughter’ to him.

Police said they have informed the victim’s family and the British High Commission in New Delhi about the incident.

The Foreign Office said it was aware of the death of a British national and was providing consular assistance to the victim’s family.

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