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Nepal Royal Family Are Shot Dead

June 1, 2001 GMT

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) _ Nepal’s crown prince opened fire in the royal palace Friday, killing the king, queen, a prince and five others before shooting himself, a senior military official said.

The official said Crown Prince Dipendra, 30, killed all the members of the royal family. The dead included his parents, King Birendra and Queen Aiswarya, and his brother Prince Nirajan.

The shooting was caused by a dispute over the marriage of Prince Dipendra, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. No other details were immediately available.

The crown prince, educated at Britain’s Eton College, was heir to the throne.

King Birendra, the constitutional monarch, was stripped of power in 1990 and a parliamentary government was established.