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Probe after pregnant nurse killed by policeman

POLICE in northwest China are being investigated after a policeman stabbed a pregnant nurse to death and a fellow officer undid his handcuffs after he was arrested, Xinhua reported today.

The government of Qingyang City in Gansu province told a press conference that Zuo Fengyuan, a policeman with the city's Xifeng Branch, went to Qingyang No.1 People's Hospital at 9pm on February 28 to visit a traffic accident victim, surnamed Bai, to talk about compensation.

Bai had been moved to another ward and he asked the nurse, Zhang Li, for information about Bai, but they began arguing.

Zuo eventually found Bai. But after he left the hospital he remained enraged by the nurse's attitude. He returned to the hospital an hour later and attacked the nurse savagely, stabbing her with a knife. Zhang fell to the ground and died.

Zuo was arrested at the scene. He called one of his colleagues, an officer surnamed Wang, who arrived at the hospital and unlocked the handcuffs that had been placed on Zuo. The other police allowed this but this was against police principles, the city government said.

The government said, abiding by the official management principles, it has also asked the Party Committee of Ningxian County to remove Zuo's father, Zuo Tingcheng, from his position as a county official. It did not specify his position.

Police in Qingyang city have now started a program limiting the rights of police and improving the management of its officers to improve its public image, the report said.


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