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article image4 killed in deadly 'machete' attack near Budapest

By Layne Weiss     Apr 6, 2012 in Crime
Budapest - According to BBC News, Hungarian police have arrested a man suspected of murdering 4 members of his family with a machete in Kulcs, a village south of Budapest.
According to Hungarian police, Jutast Csanad Horvath, 24, is suspected of killing his father, brother, two grandparents, and of injuring his mother, sister, and another relative Friday in Kulcs.
Police found 7 people badly wounded. Four of there victims were too severely hurt to be taken to the hospital, and died, Yahoo News reports.
According to BBC News, Horvath's mother, sister, and another relative, a man, 57, were said to be badly injured, and are now being treated at a hospital. The man is said to be in stable condition after emergency surgery.
"The tragedy occurred in an ordinary family," Kulcs mayor Csaba Kiss said. Kiss added that the Horvath family did not have close ties with the Kulcs community. It is being speculated that the killings happened over a family conflict.
According to Yahoo News, Horvath's father worked in construction and had served time in jail for fraud related to state benefits.
Police spokesman Laszlo Garamvolgyi, said there were "several wounds on the bodies of the victims caused by a thrusting and cutting tool."
"The man probably used a large machete in the attack."
The Washington Post reports that police said Horvath was found hiding in a bush near the scene of the crime. He did not resist arrest, and was taken to the hospital due to injuries which he is believed to have sustained from the killings.
According to Yahoo News, the Counterterrorism Unit was called in as rumors were circulating that hostages had been taken. These reports, however, have been denied by Hungarian police.
Anti-terror police, a rescue helicopter, and three ambulances were dispatched to the village, BBC News reports.
The incident comes about 3 weeks after a 21-year-old man stabbed his mother to death in Tatabanya, a town about 55 kilometers from Budapest, Yahoo News reports. The man also attacked his father before throwing himself out of a 10th floor window.
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