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13,000 officers in hunt for Nanjing killer

By Yang Jian (Shanghai Daily)

08:45, January 09, 2012

MORE than 13,000 police officers have been mobilized to search for a man who shot dead a customer outside a bank in Nanjing on Friday.

Armed police and police cars have blocked all major and secondary roads in the eastern Jiangsu Province capital, with many other officers searching public places. Two helicopters are also involved in the search.

The city's public security bureau has tightened security in banking outlets and self-service areas, and offered escorts to people making large withdrawals, Xinhua news agency reported.

The man police are looking for is said to be a suspect in six cases of armed robbery in two other cities over the past seven years. He is said to be particularly cold-blooded as he always shoots his victims in the head.

On Friday, the suspect, believed to be in his 40s, shot a man who had just left a branch of the Agricultural Bank of China in Dongmen Street after withdrawing 200,000 yuan (US$31,700) at 9:50am.

The 42-year-old victim was a construction company worker.

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