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9 dead, 11 hurt when man hits them with hijacked bus

A 40-year-old man grabbed control of a company bus in a north China city yesterday and took wildly to the roads in a car-crashing spree that left nine people dead and 11 injured.

Police in Tianjin Municipality seized the suspect, surnamed Zhang, who, in a fit of temper, deliberately hit vehicles, bicycle riders and pedestrians with the bus.

Three police wagons were among the vehicles hit by the bus.

The disgruntled man commandeered the bus after an argument in which he stabbed a co-worker surnamed Li with a knife at the Tianbao Transportation Company in the port city's free trade zone, said a spokesman for the Tianjing government surnamed Liu, according to The Associated Press.

The spokesman did not say why Zhang attacked the co-worker, or how badly the co-worker was hurt.

Tianjin police dispatched dozens of officers in police cars to intercept Zhang, according to Xinhua news agency.

Among the injured were four policemen who were trying to stop Zhang, Liu said.

A similar tragedy in November 2008 in southern China's Guangdong Province resulted in the deaths of five innocent people and the suspected driver.

A desperate truck driver, who was identified by his surname Luo, was shot dead by a police officer when he drove crazily into a crowd of students at a school in Guangdong's Zhuhai City on November 5, 2008, killing four teenagers and one adult and injuring more than 20.

Luo left a letter to his parents and wife days before the incident, saying he did not want to live anymore because of an unhappy family life and work trouble, according to the police bureau of Zhuhai City.


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