The King and Queen of Nepal have been shot dead after the heir to the throne went on the rampage with a gun before turning it on himself.

Eleven people died in the incident which started when Crown Prince Dipendra allegedly had a dispute with his mother over his choice of bride.

King Birendra, Queen Aishwarya and Prince Niranjan were among the victims of the tragedy at the royal palace in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

The other victims included three of the King's children, his two sisters and one more member of the family by marriage.

The King's younger brother was also hurt in the attack, but his condition is not known.The only person left unharmed from the family was the King's middle brother Prince Gyanendra, who was out of the country at the time of the incident.

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