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Abductor of girl shot dead

A MAN was shot dead by police in Shanghai yesterday afternoon after he took a little girl hostage and cut her throat.

The unidentified youngster, aged about 4 or 5, was taken to nearby Shanghai Children's Hospital but did not survive.

The abductor, surnamed Zhao, was shot dead as he fled waving a kitchen knife and injuring two passers-by. The two injured people suffered cuts and were in a stable condition, police said.

"Our riot police officer opened fire after the suspect ignored all warnings," a senior officer said.

The motive of the attacker remains unclear.

The abduction happened about 3:30pm in a tea store opposite Shanghai No. 3 Girls' High School on Jiangsu Road near Wuding Road W. in Changning District.

Zhao first stole the kitchen knife in a restaurant at 98 Jiangsu Road and then walked southward, said an eatery employee who tried to retrieve the implement but failed and called the police.

Witnesses said the man, dressed in a dark coat, kept waving the knife while walking and suddenly entered the tea store at 160 Jiangsu Road, grabbed the little girl and took her out to the street.

Police soon arrived, cordoned off the area and surrounded the man.

Riot police and ambulance officer also attended.

Zhao demanded a getaway car and threatened to kill the girl if he didn't get it.

However, he refused to get in when the requested vehicle arrived.

After about a three-minute deadlock, Zhao slashed the girl's throat three times and threw her to police officers before running northward.

Zhao was from south China's Guangdong Province and a morning train ticket, dated yesterday from Suzhou to Shanghai, was found in his pocket.

Case investigations continue.


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