Minitrue: Stabbing in Beijing

The following  instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. 

State Council Information Office: Follow Peaceful Beijing’s [Weibo] notice in reporting the incident of a man stabbing people in Beijing’s Huairou district. Do not hype the story or report on it without authorization. Interactive platforms must close commenting. (March 27, 2014)

国信办:北京怀柔区男子持刀伤人事件,以平安北京通报为准,不炒作,不擅自报道,互动环节关闭评论。

Peaceful Beijing’s Weibo post follows:

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平安北京: NOTICE: Law Enforcement Rapidly Respond to Stabbing Incident
【情况通报】警方迅速处置一起持刀伤人案

At 12:48 today, the city Public Security Bureau 110 service desk received a number of reports that someone in Wanghuacun, Huairou district was stabbing people. After the reports were received, SWAT and local police officers rushed to the scene and apprehended the suspect. An initial investigation indicates that the suspect, surnamed Zhao (male, 34, resident of Huairou; family states he has history of mental illness), was stabbing people with a knife in the neighborhood at midday because of a dispute over family property. At this point, six people have died. All of the injured are being treated at a local hospital. The police are taking the next step in their work [on the case].

今日12时48分,市公安局110报警服务台接群众报警称,怀柔区王化村有人持刀伤人。接报后,特警、属地分局等警力迅速赶往现场处置并当即将嫌疑人抓获。经初步调查,嫌疑人赵某某(男,34岁,怀柔区人,其家人称该人有精神病史)因家庭房产纠纷,当日中午持刀在村里先后扎伤多人。截止目前,已造成6人死亡,其余伤者均被送往附近医院救治,警方正在进一步工作中。

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