'Killer bank robbers' arrested

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 January, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 January, 2001, 12:00am

Police have arrested a gang of six men who killed two customers and a taxi driver when they robbed a bank in Jiangxi's Nanchang city in November, official media reported yesterday.

Xinhua identified the gang leader as Hua Min.

It said Hua was an ex-convict who had spent two years in prison for theft during the early 1990s.

He was alleged to have assembled a gang of former classmates and cellmates to help him rob the Agriculture Bank in Nanchang city's Hongcheng market on November 11.

The six shot dead one customer when they walked into the bank and seriously injured another who later died in hospital. Police also found the body of a taxi driver when they found the getaway car used by the robbers, who fled with more than 500,000 yuan (HK$470,000).

The agency said police also found two hunting rifles and about 30 rounds of ammunition when they arrested the six men. However, it did not say if police had recovered the money.

Meanwhile, police in Liaoning's Shenyang city yesterday released computer-generated pictures of two men who robbed a post office on Wednesday.

The two struck early last Wednesday when a policeman and a postal worker were transporting cash to the post office. The two robbers fled with 785,000 yuan and seriously injured the two men, who are still in critical condition in hospital.

China has seen a spate of violent bank robberies in the past year.

In September, eight people died when a gang robbed a bank in Hunan's Changde city. Similar robberies have occurred in Sichuan and Henan provinces.