China police kill kidnapper armed with explosives


Police in China shot and killed a kidnapper who held three people hostage using a homemade gun and explosive devices, local authorities said on Monday (Jan 13), in a rare case involving firearms in the country.

The incident took place in Hohhot, capital of the northern Inner Mongolia region, on Sunday at around 11am.

The suspect, surnamed Zhou, had fired the gun as a threat, Hohhot police said on their account on Weibo.

Later that evening, officers "decisively shot and killed the suspect" before successfully removing the explosive devices from the hostages.

Incidents involving homemade explosives have occurred elsewhere in China, such as north-east Liaoning province, where three people were injured in an attack on a police station last March.

In July 2018, a 26-year-old man set off a small explosion outside the United States embassy in Beijing, injuring his hand and sending smoke into the air.

Still, gun violence is rare in China, where the government tightly restricts the ownership of firearms.

There are no official statistics on gun-related deaths.

Source: AFP

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