Man slaughters 19 after family quarrel

BEIJING • A man has confessed to killing 19 people in a village in south-western China after an argument with his parents over money, official media said yesterday.

The suspect, named Yang Qingpei, confessed to murdering his parents after returning to his home village of Yema in Yunnan province and asking them for money on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency cited local police as saying.

He then proceeded to kill 17 neighbours, including children, to prevent them from discovering and reporting the murders, it said.

Yang, who was born in 1989, was arrested in the provincial capital of Kunming, some 200km away, after 33 hours of "arduous investigation", said a statement on the official social media account of the Yunnan police. The villagers were found dead on Thursday.

A list of the victims' names circulating online shows there were 11 males and eight females, with the youngest a three-year-old girl and the oldest aged 72. Four were minors under 18, the list shows.

Yunnan officers have verified the list, Beijing News reported, adding that the police have said there was no link to terrorism.

The Ministry of Public Security sent a working group to oversee the case, reports said.

Video footage reportedly from the village shows swarms of police and heavily armed officers in fatigues walking in the streets and a young man in jeans handcuffed on the ground.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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