A dismissed policeman in Henan, China, murdered four or five children, an incident the authorities are seeking to cover up.
On the afternoon of Dec. 3, the suspect, named Jin, kidnapped 5 children at a park, took them to a nearby storage room and cut their throats, killing 4, according to a report in Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily. The victims were around 8 to 10 years old and included a pair of twins, according to the Oriental Daily.
The Oriental Daily quoted the Information Center for China’s Human Rights and Democracy as saying that Jin had just graduated from the police academy and then was discharged. According to the Information Center, Jin actions were in retaliation against society. He is now said to be in custody.
The Oriental Daily report said that the face of one child who survived was covered in slash marks. Another report that said that all five children were killed.
Dahe net, which is affiliated to the official Henan newspaper, the “Henan Daily,” reported the news of the attack on the children briefly, but the news has now been censored. It was also posted briefly on the QQ network, a popular chatroom, and then, deleted. Shen Qiu County officials did not verify the identity of the murderer during the interview with reporters.
The reports of the murders have greatly distressed people in China and a lot of netizens have mourned the child victims.
One netizen wrote, “I dare not imagine your looks while begging him [Jin] for survival at that moment.”
Another netizen, who claimed to be the brother of the twins, wrote, “You definitely died unwillingly; I hope you’ll be much happier in heaven.”
Some one else wrote, “In this callous society, people are oppressed by officials working hand-in-glove with business and now the innocent children have become collateral damage.”
These posts, and other comments, have been quickly and continuously deleted from the websites by the authorities.
Read the original Chinese report.