Asia Briefs: Teen taking selfie with gun misfires

Teen taking selfie with gun misfires

NEW DELHI • An Indian teenager accidentally shot himself in the head with his father's gun while trying to take a "selfie" photograph, police said yesterday, the latest in a series of such accidents.

The 15-year-old is being treated in hospital at Pathankot in Punjab state and is expected to survive, said the city's deputy police superintendent Manoj Kumar.

The accident happened on Friday evening when the schoolboy was playing at home with the licensed revolver which is normally kept in a wardrobe, Mr Kumar told AFP.

"The boy's father and family said that he was trying to take a selfie with his gun," he said.


3 detained over murder of tailor

DHAKA • Bangladesh police detained three people yesterday over the gruesome murder of a Hindu tailor one day earlier, the latest deadly attack on minorities claimed by the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

A senior officer said the principal of an Islamic madrasah and two others were being held for questioning over the hacking to death of Mr Nikhil Chandra Joarder outside his shop in Tangail town, located north-west of Dhaka.

Police suspect the 50-year-old Joarder may have been targeted on Saturday for making derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad four years ago.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe