Authorities in China’s eastern Shandong province have detained six people, believed to be members of a heretic sect, for suspected intentional homicide, Xinhua news agency reported over the weekend, citing the local police authority.
A person surnamed Wu is said to have been beaten to death last Wednesday at a McDonald’s outlet in the province’s Zhaoyuan city after she refused to give her telephone number to the suspects who are trying to recruit new members for their sect, according to the local police.
All the six suspects, including four from one family, are members of a heretic sect Quannengshen, which means almighty god, the report said. One of the suspects is just 12 years old, so he will escape criminal charges, according to the report.
Apart from expressing shock and anger over the killing, netizens have condemned the onlookers who failed to stop the assault in the restaurant.
Local provincial police authority has vowed to severely crack down on various illegal activities of heretic sects to protect safety of people’s life and properties.
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