BEIJING - Chinese police in the southwestern city of Chongqing shot dead a fugitive serial killer and armed robber on Tuesday after a massive manhunt aimed at reassuring people the government would continue a crime crackdown begun by sacked party boss Bo Xilai.
Zhou Kehua, 42, who was responsible for nine deaths across
several provinces, was finally cornered and shot dead at a
Chongqing shoe factory around dawn, the official Xinhua news
agency said, in a case which has gripped the country.
Keen to put on a show of strength after the sacking earlier
this year of Chongqing’s controversial Communist Party head Bo,
who led a high-profile crimebusting campaign, authorities
mobilised thousands of police to catch the killer.
Zhou had been implicated in robberies and killings in three
provinces dating back to 2004, and resurfaced last week to shoot
dead a woman outside a Chongqing bank, Xinhua said.
Authorities described Zhou, who targeted people withdrawing
money from banks, as “ruthless and extremely dangerous”.
“Police … confirmed that the Chongqing Municipal Public
Security Bureau was praised and honoured by China’s Minister of
Public Security Meng Jianzhu immediately after the operation,”
Chinese news portals showed a lurid picture provided by the
police of Zhou sprawled on the ground with blood streaming from
Gun crime is rare in China as a result of tight controls
The hunt for Zhou has been the most popular topic on China’s
Twitter-like microblogging site Sina Weibo for the past few
days, and has dominated the news.