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China petitioner shot dead by police: Report

Published on May 20, 2014 2:34 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese police fired 12 shots at a petitioner and his vehicle, killing him and sparking accusations they overreacted, state-run media reported Tuesday.

Fang Jiushu had gone to a local government office to complain at being detained in a row over compensation for his house and land, which have had an electricity transmission line built through them, the Beijing News reported.

His lorry carried a wreath and signs reading "black jail", it said.

Two officers tried to drag him from the driver's seat, and he waved a 50cm-long knife in the air, it quoted witness Guan Yuchun as saying.

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