A fight between two food stall owners at a south China market yesterday left five people hacked to death and one person shot dead by police, authorities said.
A dispute at the market in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, erupted in a knife fight that left one of the men dead.
The other fled and slashed four more people while on the run before he was shot dead by police. Two of the four people died at the scene while the other two died in hospital.
The killings came two weeks after 29 people were killed and 140 others wounded in a knife attack blamed on ethnic Muslim Uighur separatists at the Kunming train station, raising concerns that the latest violence was ethnically motivated.
The identity of the food stall owners was not clear. News reports posted yesterday saying they were Uighurs were later removed.