Beijing: Five people were killed in a knife attack at an outdoor market in central China Friday morning, local authorities said adding that police shot the assailant dead as he tried to flee.
A knife fight broke out between businessmen Hebir Turdi and Memet Abla at around 10.15 a.m. at Shahuqiao Market in northern Changsha city, the capital of Hunan province.
Abla was hacked to death by Turdi, who later stabbed four passersby as he tried to run away. Police shot Turdi, killing him, Xinhua reported.
Two of the passersby died at the spot while two others died in hospital.
The market was subsequently closed and the area cordoned off.
An investigation is under way.