London: An India student enrolled at a
British university was shot dead today in what is described as
an unprovoked attack by two white men, police said.
The Indian student, who has not been named, was taken to
hospital but was pronounced dead early today morning.
The Greater Manchester Police said the victim was aged
23, and was studying at Lancaster University. His parents in
India have been informed of the incident.
"This appears to be an unprovoked attack and we can`t
establish a motive at this time. We are investigating every
possible aspect and we are in the early stages of the
investigation but we are not ruling anything out," Chief
Superintendent Kevin Mulligan, divisional commander for
Salford, was quoted as saying in reports.
The victim was part of a group of nine male and female
students, all Indian, who were staying in a nearby hotel for a
break in Manchester over the Christmas holidays.
They were heading towards the city centre when they were
approached by two white men who were on foot.
The killer approached, engaged the victim in a "very
short" conversation, and about a minute later pulled out a
handgun and shot the student in the side of the head.
The victim collapsed to the ground as his killer ran
away, the police said.
The gunman was described as white, in his mid-20s, of
slim build and wearing a grey top. The other man was of a
heavier build and wearing a black jacket.
"We can confirm that the man killed in Salford early this
morning is a 23-year old Indian post graduate student, who was
studying microelectronics," a Lancaster University spokesman
"Our thoughts are with his family at this time, and
counselling and support has been organised for his fellow
students who are deeply upset," he said.