A group of masked people murdered nine members of two families at Miklajung Rural Municipality-3 of Panchthar district on Monday night, said the police.
Sharp weapons were used to kill the families of local Dhanraj Sherma and his father-in-law Bam Bahadur Phiyak, in Arubote area of Milkajung, said locals.
Only one person Sita Khajum (12), managed to survive the fatal attack. She has been severely injured in the attack. Mutilated bodies of five members of Sherma family were found inside the house, while bodies of four others of Phiyak family were recovered outside, said local Archana Gurung.
Ward chair of the village Hastaraj Phiyak confirmed the attack. The carnage survivor Sita said a group of masked people broke into the house at midnight on Monday and killed the family members with sharp weapons.
The deceased have been identified as Dhanraj Sherma (41), Jasmita Phiyak (36), Man Kumari Phiyak (26), Iksha Sherma (6), Yobana Sherma (13), Muna Sherma (8), Bam Bahadur Phiyak (74) and his wife, and Aashika Khajum Limbu (12).
The local people heard about the attack only the following morning as the massacre took place at midnight, said the villagers.
Separate teams deployed from Dashami Bazaar-based police beat, Rabi-based Area Police Office and Panchthar District Police Office have reached the incident site for investigation into the incident, Inspector Anil Kumar Poudel informed Rastriya samachar samiti.