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Murder hunt as sisters are slain at home

TWO sisters from neighboring Jiangsu Province were found murdered in a rented house in Baoshan District early yesterday morning.

There was no immediate word from police about suspects in the crime, but an Anhui neighbor of the victims, surnamed Zhao, said he heard from investigators that both women had their throats cut.

The crime happened about 1am yesterday at a one-story house on Yixian Road near a railway track. Neighbors said the victims, both surnamed Zhang, earned a stable living in the city by collecting and selling waste and bicycle maintenance, and by subletting rooms to migrant workers.

Zhao heard the sisters crying for help about 1am, but didn't dare come out and see what was happening, he told reporters. The screams stopped after a few seconds, Zhao said.

Police arrived at the scene 20 minutes later. Zhao said he felt horrible as there was blood everywhere at the scene.

The house remained cordoned off yesterday.

The younger sister, 32, had lived in Shanghai with her husband and 10-year-old son for nine years, neighbors said. Her husband hadn't returned home for over a month as he was being investigated for receiving stolen goods by police, said Wang, the husband of the elder sister.

Wang said his wife, aged 37, had just arrived in Shanghai on Wednesday to accompany her younger sister, but was killed hours later. They had two children, a 16-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son, who are still in their hometown.

Wang, who works in a container yard five minutes' walk from the rented house, said he was asleep in a dormitory when the sisters were killed. He received the news from a colleague about 7am yesterday.

Investigations are ongoing.


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