Chinese embassy confirms 3 Chinese victims in S Korea's knife rampage 2008-10-21 20:38:25   Print

    SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Embassy in Seoul confirmed Tuesday that three Chinese citizens were killed by a South Korean man on Monday.

    According to press officer of the embassy Chen Junjie, all Chinese victims are women. They are Piao Zhengshu, 52, Li Yuezi, 49 and Zhao Yingzi, 53, separately from Chinese Liaoning, Heilongjiang and Shandong province.

    The embassy is assisting the families of the victims to arrive in Seoul as soon as possible, said the press officer.

    Except for the three dead, two other Chinese women were seriously injured when a 31-year-old South Korean man, identified by his last name Chung, stabbed them at a small inn in southern part of Seoul after set fire to the building.

    Chen said the two women, whose name are identified as Jin Baojin, 44, and Zhang Caiyu, 40, were hospitalized after the incident and were still in critical condition.

    A total of six women, including three Chinese and three South Koreans, were killed while seven others, including three Chinese and four South Koreans, were injured by Chung, who was arrested by police at the site on Monday, local police said.

    The police on Tuesday charged Chung with murder and arson and submitted a document for an arrest warrant.

    At a press briefing on Tuesday, Kim Kap-shik, head of the criminal affairs division at Seoul's Gangnam Police Station, said the suspect told the police that he "decided to kill other people" as he felt people around him "looked down" on him.

    The police said Chung was a high school graduate and moved to Seoul from his countryside home in 2002. The suspect had few options on how to make a living. After switching from one workplace to another, as a parking valet or a food delivery man on a monthly income of 1.2 million won (900 U.S. dollars), and became jobless in August, the police said.

Editor: Bi Mingxin
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