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Man suspected of killing parents, then 17 neighbors in China

BEIJING — Chinese state media say a villager is suspected of killing his parents and then 17 neighbors in an attempt to cover up his crime.

The official Xinhua News Agency said Friday that a police investigation found that Yang Qingpei argued with his parents over money on Wednesday evening and killed them. Fearing he would be identified as the killer, he then murdered 17 neighbors, it said. Xinhua cited police in southwestern Yunnan province, where the village is located.

It didn’t say how Yang allegedly killed the villagers.

The deaths are one of the bloodiest mass slayings in China in recent years.

Because firearms are tightly controlled in China, mass killings are usually carried out with knives, poison or homemade explosives.