Indian teenager dies while shooting selfie with loaded gun

Police in northern India say a teenager has died after accidentally shooting himself while posing for a selfie with a loaded handgun held to his head.

Inspector Bharat Bhushan said 15-year-old Ramandeep Singh pulled the trigger while taking the picture with his smartphone at his home in Pathankot city in Punjab state.

Bhushan said the teenager died in a hospital late Sunday due to his head injuries. The handgun belonged to his father who worked as a building contractor.

India is home to the highest number of people who have died while taking photos of themselves, with 19 of the world's 49 recorded selfie-linked deaths since 2014.

Police are continuing to investigate the death.