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Central China knife attack: Death toll increases to six

Published on Mar 14, 2014 6:39 PM
 
Residents gather at the scene where attackers armed with knives killed three people in Changsha, central China's Hunan province on March 14, 2014. At least six people died after a knifing incident in central China's Changsha city, the state media reported on Friday, in what appeared to be a dispute involving market vendors from the restive far western region of Xinjiang. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (Reuters) - At least six people died after a knifing incident in central China's Changsha city, the state media reported on Friday, in what appeared to be a dispute involving market vendors from the restive far western region of Xinjiang.

The police shot dead one assailant, the official Xinhua news agency said. Unverified photos circulating online showed several bodies on the street and police taking a suspect into custody.

One suspect in the incident worked as a bread vendor and was involved in an argument with a customer, traffic radio in Hunan province said on its official Weibo microblog, citing the Changsha police.

Xinhua said a knife fight broke out between businessmen Hebir Turdi and Memet Abla - whose names suggest they are ethnic Uighurs from Xinjiang - at a market at mid-morning.

 
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