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China’s ‘most dangerous man’ shot dead by cops in Chongqing

Chongqing, Aug 14 (): Chinese police on Tuesday killed a suspected armed robber accused of killing at least nine people since 2004 in China’s Chongqing, state media say.

The 42-year-old bank robber Zhou Kehua, suspected serial killer dubbed China’s most dangerous man was killed by police at Wosungou in Tongjiaqiao Village, Qinjiagang Township, Shapingba District, Chongqing, at 6:50 a.m., according to police officers with the Chongqing Municipal Public Security Bureau.

Pictures released by Chongqing police showed the deadly robber in a blue T-shirt and a pair of suit pants lying in a pool of blood with at least one visible bullet hole in his head and a mobile phone, a pair of sunglasses and a small handbag near his body.

Zhou did his latest attack four days back which spread panic across China. He killed two people in Chongqing in a raid to steal £25,000. He was also accused of wounding several others in robberies. Totally, Zhou was accused of killing nine people in a series of bank raids since 2004.

Reports said on Monday, a “massive manhunt” was under way for the robber in the south-western city. The authorities described him as “ruthless and highly dangerous” and said he had become skilled at dodging police.

The authorities had announced a 5.4m yuan ($850,000, £542,500) reward for his capture.

Policeman Zhou Jin defined how he came face-to-face with China’s most wanted man after being drafted into the search. He said that Zhou’s DNA information, provided by police in Jiangsu Province, and his physical description, provided by police in Changsha, Hunan Province, laid a “solid foundation” for the operation.

The officer and his colleague Wang Xiaoyu have now been described on state television as national heroes.

The death of bank robber Zhou Kehua was one of the hottest topics on Sina Weibo — China’s answer to Twitter — on Tuesday morning, where thousands posted messages praising the police operation.