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China 'cult' members charged for McDonald's death: Report

Published on Jul 24, 2014 9:41 PM
An image taken from a video that captured six members of a religious cult attacking a woman, surnamed Wu, with chairs, then with a metal mop. The woman died from her injuries. Five of the six members were charged with intentional homicide for the attack. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

BEIJING (AFP) - China has charged five people who were accused of being members of a religious cult for the intentional homicide of a woman at a McDonald's restaurant, state media said Thursday.

The woman, surnamed Wu, was beaten to death on May 28 at the restaurant in Zhaoyuan, in China's eastern Shandong province, after refusing to give her telephone number to the suspects, Xinhua news agency said.

They were seeking to recruit the woman into a cult called Quannengshen, it said.

The group, which can be translated as Church of Almighty God, is a doomsday cult which was outlawed by the government in the mid-1990s, according to media reports.

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