A senior government official in Shaoguan , Guangdong province , has died from stab wounds sustained in an apparent robbery in the basement of his apartment complex, state media said yesterday. Huang Demou , 53, a deputy secretary-general of the Shaoguan city government, was stabbed by two robbers around noon as he headed for the lift in his home in Zhengjiang district, the China News Service said. A Shaoguan government spokesman confirmed Huang's death yesterday, but added that nobody had been detained. 'We have not heard that any suspects have been arrested in the case so far,' the spokesman said. 'But our leaders are very concerned and a special working team from our city police bureau has been set up to investigate it.' The China News Service said the thugs stabbed him and stole all his belongings. He was found alive by neighbours, who sent him to hospital. The report said Huang's heart had been punctured and that wound had probably caused his death. Neither district police nor the city's public security bureau would release any details of the case. Robberies have become common in Guangdong cities as public security has worsened over the past two decades of economic development, but attacks have rarely involved government officials. Huang's case has shocked the Shaoguan city government, with the city's police chief, Ye Shuyang , personally ordering his subordinates to solve the case as soon as possible.