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'Vengeful' killer of 15 executed

China | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Jan 30, 2019
China has executed a man who killed more than a dozen people after ramming a car into a crowded square in central Hunan. Last September, Yang Zanyun plowed a Land Rover into pedestrians at a public square in Hengdong city, before slashing at them with a shovel and dagger. Fifteen died and 43 were injured. The Hengyang Intermediate People's Court said it "carried out the death penalty" on Yang yesterday. Police had called him a "vengeful repeat offender," naming drug charges and theft among previous offenses. China has experienced a spate of similar incidents recently. In November, a car plowed into children crossing a street in front of an elementary school in Liaoning province, killing five and injuring at least 19. The driver said he "chose his victims at random" and had contemplated suicide due to domestic troubles. In December, eight people were killed and 22 injured after a man hijacked a bus and crashed into pedestrians in eastern Fujian. He had killed a local official and police officer before commandeering the bus.


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