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5 now held over official's murder

A FORMER transport chief in Hegang City of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province was seized by police as an investigation into the murder of his successor continued, officers said yesterday.

The former official, Bai Yuku, was found to have given 200,000 yuan (US$29,282) to Wang Jianbo, who allegedly hired another person to kill the director of the city's transport bureau, Li Xingguang, said a senior police officer, who refused to be named.

Li was stabbed to death about 6pm on August 17 in a residential estate in Hegang. The alleged killer, Xu Guangdong, escaped after the murder of the government official, a rare thing in China.

Police had arrested four suspects before Bai was seized yesterday morning.

The four suspects are Wang Jianbo, 50, an executive in a company under the transport bureau; Yang Jingwu, 42; Xu Guangdong, 41; and Xu Guangbei, 39.

Wang told police that he had many complaints against Li and decided to kill him.

Police said Wang went to his friend Yang to hire a killer.

Xu Guangdong was engaged and eventually paid 260,000 yuan for the "hit," police said.


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