Nationwide manhunt under way after family of seven found murdered in Ningxia home

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 October, 2013, 3:01pm
UPDATED : Friday, 18 October, 2013, 5:02pm

Seven members of the same family were murdered in their home in Pengyang county, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region on Monday evening, the county’s police department announced on Thursday.

According to the police, all the victims were Hui, China’s largest ethnic Muslim group. The victims were Lan Xiaohong, 24, who was six months pregnant, her two nieces who were four years old and one and half years old, Lan’s 40-year-old mother, her 45-year-old father and her grand parents.

A neighbour found the bodies on Tuesday morning at around 8am and called the police. reported that the murderer cut the throats of all seven victims and stabbed the two children several times. However, Han Shang from the criminal investigation bureau of Pengyang police department declined to comment or confirm before the autopsies are finished.

The police have identified Lan’s husband, 24-year-old Ma Yongdong, as a suspect and have issued a warrant for his arrest along with a reward of 100,000 yuan for assisting arrest, and 20,000 yuan for information leading to his arrest. According to Xinhua news agency, Ma had argued with Lan that afternoon.

Pengyang county is 423 kilometres south of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region’s capital city Yinchuan. Thirty per cent of the county’s population is Hui.