August 27, 2013 / 5:14 PM / 4 years ago

Ukrainian serial killer dies in prison

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s most prolific serial killer, Anatoly Onoprienko, who killed 52 people in a six-year reign of terror up to 1996, has died in jail, the state penitentiary service said on Tuesday.

Anatoly Onoprienko, accused of being Ukraine's most notorious serial killer, listens to charges at a court in the Ukrainian town of Zhitomyr, some 130 km from Kiev March 31, 1999. REUTERS/Stringer

Onoprienko, who killed groups of people at a time in western and central Ukraine, sometimes using a hunting rifle, shotgun or axe while trying to rob them, died in prison in the town of Zhytomir, Interfax news agency said.

The agency reported a prison service official as saying Onoprienko, who was about 54 years old, appeared to have died of a heart attack.

Writing By Richard Balmforth; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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