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Man guns down 3 judges before killing himself in China court

June 01, 2010 18:17 IST

In yet another gory social revenge attack in China, a bank security team leader angry over the way his divorce case was handled barged into a local court and opened fire with a machine gun on Tuesday, killing three judges and injuring three more before turning the weapon on himself.

46-year-old Zhu Jun, head of the security squad of the branch Post Bureau, a bank in Lingling district in central Hunan province, attacked the judges in the district people's court in Yongzhou city, the state-run media reported.

He was armed with a sub-machine gun and two pistols, which he took from his subordinates on the pretext of getting the weapons examined by higher authorities.

The judges were hit by a hail of bullets, leaving three of them dead and three injured. After attacking the judges, Zhu shot himself dead, local officials said.

Zhu, who had a son, divorced his wife three years ago and lived with his parents. Investigations revealed that Zhu carried out the attack to take revenge on the court, which had handled his divorce case, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Zhu's family and colleagues told police that he thought the court unjustly handled the property division when he was getting divorced three years ago.

However, the three judges killed in Tuesday's attack were not involved in Zhu's divorce case, police said.

Zhu was on sick leave for two months and only came back to work three days ago. The incident took place when the judges were discussing a case unrelated to Zhu.

China of late has been experiencing a series of horrific violent attacks. At least 18 children were killed and nearly 100 injured in a series of social revenge attacks on kindergarten kids which were blamed on men frustrated by failures in life.

Some of the attackers had targeted children with kitchen cleavers and knives. As a result of these attacks, security has been stepped up all over the country.

In a swift action, two men responsible for the attacks on school children were executed by firing squads after they were held guilty by courts.

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