PATNA, India - Police say that a man armed with a large knife beheaded an 18-year-old woman at her school in front of her horrified classmates in eastern India.
The attacker later told police he was in love with the victim but her parents wouldn't allow them to marry.
Police official Pravin Kumar Singh said Thursday that officers arrested Bijendra Kumar on suspicion of killing Khushbu, who uses only one name. He allegedly attacked her with a ceremonial curved weapon called a khukri as she was leaving her classroom Wednesday in the eastern city of Ranchi.
Authorities say the blade sliced her head off and she died instantly. Kumar was quickly mobbed by the other students and handed over to the police. Singh says Kumar told the police that he had also intended to kill himself.