More bad news from India:

Raipur: A villager axed to death four women and five young girls on Thursday while apparently mentally unsound after his wife left him, police said.

Pandu Nagesia, 35, killed nine of his neighbours during his rampage through Behratoli village in the central state of Chhattisgarh, district police chief Govardhan Singh Darroh told AFP by telephone.

The victims were five girls aged between two and nine, a 25-year-old and three women over 60, he said.