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More than 20 held in southwest China over gang fight

Suspects were stopped from travelling to neighbouring county in Sichuan province for mass brawl

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 January, 2017, 2:13pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 January, 2017, 2:13pm

More than 20 young people were detained while preparing to take part in a gang fight in southwest China.

Details of the planned clash came to light during another police investigation into an assault, the local government in Liangshan prefecture in Sichuan province said on its social media account.

Officers said suspects were trying to recruit more than 20 people in Xichang in the prefecture to take part in a brawl.

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They were planning to drive to Ningnan county to help one of the suspect’s cousins fight another gang, the report said.

More than 20 policemen were deployed to round up 23 people on their way to the county on Friday.

The case is still under investigation, the report said.