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Five dead in central China knife attack

(Xinhua) Updated: 2014-03-14 19:31

Five dead in central China knife attack

Special policemen work at the site of an attack in Changsha. [Photo by Changsha Evening News]

CHANGSHA -- Five people were killed in a knife attack at an outdoor market in Central China's Hunan province on Friday morning, with police shooting the assailant to death as he tried to flee, according to local authorities.

A knife fight broke out between businessmen Hebir Turdi and Memet Abla at around 10:15 a.m. at Shahuqiao Market in northern Changsha city, the provincial capital.

Abla was hacked to death by Turdi, who later stabbed four passersby as he ran away. Police shot Turdi, killing him.

Two of the passersby died at the scene. The two others died in hospital.

The market has been closed and the area cordoned off.

Local officials have visited relatives of the dead. A further investigation is underway.



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