A man in western India fatally stabbed 14 members of his family, including seven children, early Sunday before hanging himself, police said. Hasnain Warekar, 35, went on his overnight killing spree following a Saturday evening family gathering at his home, said Gajanan Laxman Kabdule, a police rep in the city of Thane, located outside of Mumbai. Warekar's extended family—three sisters, their children, and his parents—were among those who apparently had gotten together for dinner, Kabdule said. Warekar's wife and two young daughters—the youngest was three months old, notes the BBC—were also among those killed. The only survivor of the attack was a wounded sister, the officer said, adding that she was in a hospital and in "a state of shock."
"He used a big knife. He killed his parents, his sisters and his sisters' children. He slit their throats," Kabdule told the BBC. Kabdule said that it appeared that Warekar began his stabbing spree between 1am and 2am, after everyone had gone to bed; some reports indicate that he laced the dinner with sedatives. The victims' bodies were discovered early Sunday. Kabdule said the reason for the killings was not immediately clear. The Press Trust of India news agency reported that a family dispute over property was behind the attacks. The bodies were sent to a Thane hospital for autopsies.