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4 Shanghainese die in store robbery in Papua New Guinea

FOUR Shanghai citizens were stabbed to death by robbers in a mini-mart in Papua New Guinea's capital of Port Moresby on Monday. One victim's head was nearly cut off, the Chinese embassy said.

The assault occurred on Monday night around 9pm local time when three men and a woman, all Chinese citizens from Shanghai, were killed by the attackers, today's Beijing News reported.

The four victims were identified as a couple who had run the store for more than 10 years and two workers, embassy official Yin Weijiang told Beijing News.
Wang Chuanjiang, the brother of the store owner Wang Chuanhai, survived the attack as he locked himself in a room and called the police, Yin said.

The store was closed at that time and two local workers were preparing bread to be sold the next day on the ground floor. The five Chinese were on the second floor.

The five Chinese heard noise from downstairs and two of them went to check what happened. They were killed by the robbers. As they didn't return after 30 minutes, the other three became worried and were about to go downstairs when a robber rushed up and killed two of them. Wang ran back to the room and locked himself inside.

The robbers took away 30,000 to 40,000 yuan from the store's cashier machine. Local police are still trying to find out the number of robbers and their motivation for the attack.

Two local workers who were preparing bread at the time of the attack were not hurt. They have been held by police for investigation and they said several masked robbers broke into the store with knives. The robbers threatened them not to make any move or look back.

All of four victims died of multiple knife wounds in their bodies. One victim's head was nearly cut off, Yin said.


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