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Man arrested over killing of China Church workers

ICC Note: Murderer in custody, motives still unclear in killing of priest and nun

7/9/10 China (UCAN) – Police have arrested a former seminarian in connection with the slaying of an “underground” vicar general and a nun in Ningxia diocese, China.

The suspect, Zhang Wenping, was arrested in Hohhot, the regional capital of Inner Mongolia, on July 8. He is being questioned over the murder of Father Joseph Zhang Zhulai and Sister Mary Wei Yanhui, who were found dead at the Church-run home for the aged where they lived and worked, on July 6.

Police believe that Zhang had a strong revenge motive. Catholic neighbors told ucanews.com that the murdered priest had given him shelter at the home six months ago after his dismissal from the Hohhot seminary.

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