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Workers stabbed to death in wages dispute

TWO migrant workers in central China's Henan Province were stabbed to death by their employer on Wednesday over a wage dispute, according to local authorities.

The two men, surnamed Yang and Zhu, had asked for earnings on behalf of 17 fellow workers and argued with contractor Wu Xianmin when told their monthly payment had been docked by over 100 yuan (US$14.60).

Wu then stabbed them in the neck with a fruit knife, Jia Haitao, a police officer in the capital Zhengzhou, said.

The two died at the scene. Wu was detained on Thursday and has confessed, police said.

The stabbings happened in the yard of the Putian Township government in Zhengzhou's eastern suburb, where the workers had been repairing buildings.

"These migrant workers were soon to return home and have reunion with their families for the Spring Festival. I've never imagined things like this could happen," said a local resident surnamed Li.


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