Briton survives Himalaya bandit attack but girlfriend and her son are murdered

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A British trekker is recovering in hospital in India today after a bandit attack on Friday in which his Spanish girlfriend and her 14-year-old son were beaten to death.

A British trekker is recovering in hospital in India today after a bandit attack on Friday in which his Spanish girlfriend and her 14-year-old son were beaten to death.

Martin Young, 32, from Hampshire, Maria Angeles Girones and her son Cristobal, from Valencia, had ventured alone into the remote Himalayan region of Himachal Pradesh, northern India, when they were attacked.

Mother and son were beathen with wooden clubs and their bodies were thrown into a gorge in the mountainous state, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

The agency quoted Director-General of Police A K Puri as saying the trio had been camping in the thickly forested Manikaran area near the Kullu tourist resort.

They were not accompanied by porters or guides, he said, and were attacked by a gang that appeared to have been stalking them.

A Foreign Office confirmed that a British man had been wounded, and that his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Mr Young, a consultant engineer with the firm Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick, was thought to be recovering at a hospital in Kullu, 225 miles north of India's capital New Delhi.

The Foreign Office said they had been in contact with the British High Commission in New Delhi and were still awaiting further information about the incident.

No motive for the attack had yet been established and an Indian police investigation is under way.

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