Briefs, September 15, 2012

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murdering seven people in the southern region. Xinhua yesterday said 17-year-old Fu Zhenli and 18-year-old Liu Qizhi were arrested after police suspected they killed three people, including a pregnant hotel owner and her two-year-old daughter, in Yunnan province on August 30. Xinhua said police later learned that the teenagers also killed a couple in Hunan province and a couple in Guangdong province in August. The two suspects are from Hunan. Xinhua said money was the likely motive for the slayings, but provided no further details. AP

Two police officers have been found shot dead at a police office in Shenzhen near the border with Hong Kong, but no one apparently witnessed the accident. The shooting occurred around 10pm on Thursday night at a station close to the Wenjindu checkpoint. Several residents in the neighbourhood said they heard gunshots around that time, the said. A police officer found the two policemen lying on the ground, both with serious gun wounds. A source close to the police office said, according to the surveillance camera outside the office, there was no third person at the scene when the shootings were heard, Police are investigating. He Hui-feng

The deputy secretary of Dongguan's party committee, Liu Shituan, is the latest target of a graft probe for allegedly severely violating discipline, reported yesterday. Liu is the second Dongguan official being investigated for graft in two days, after Yuan Shaodong, head of Dongguan's environmental department. Liu served as former party secretary of Dongguan's Shejie township. Liu and Yuan are believed to have been netted in a wider anti-corruption drive in Guangdong, which has toppled more than 10,000 officials in the region since February. Mimi Lau

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