Guangdong student accused of two killings surrenders to police

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 May, 2007, 12:00am

A 17-year-old Guangdong student sought after the fatal stabbings of two schoolmates has surrendered to police, mainland media reported yesterday.

Wu Jianguo , a secondary student in coastal Dianbai in western Guangdong, went to a police station with his parents on Wednesday night after the authorities issued a 30,000-yuan arrest award.

He allegedly stabbed two schoolmates to death and injured four others at Dianbai's No3 Middle School on Tuesday night.

The authorities did not give a reason for the attack, but one of the victims had tried to extort 'protection money' from Wu, the Guangzhou-based News Express reported.

Wu refused to pay and reported the incident to a teacher, but the teacher did not take any action, the report said.

Maoming People's Hospital reported that two victims were in serious condition yesterday. One of them has had his left kidney removed.

The victims, aged 17 and 18, were attacked near a staircase landing at the school at around 8.30pm on Tuesday.

One was killed instantly and another died from loss of blood shortly after being taken to hospital. The others suffered multiple injuries.

Wang Mancheng , one of the victims, told the News Express he had never met Wu. 'It was very dark and I couldn't see clearly. I don't know him. He stabbed us and ran away,' he told the newspaper.

The paper said it was common for senior students to extort protection money from juniors at the school. The issue has been widely reported on the mainland in recent years.

Xinhua said that in March a 50-member gang in Xinyi, Guizhou province , extorted 16,000 yuan from more than 100 junior students in two years.