Wellington CBD buildings evacuated, public asked to avoid area ... Read more

China arrests 93 over doomsday rumours

Last updated 08:08 18/12/2012

More than 20 children have been wounded in an attack by a knifeman at their school.

Relevant offers


Perth bathroom bandits could face 'lifelong' repercussions after video goes viral Video of shooting of black teen released as US officer charged Seven charged with murder in beating of teen at New York church Woman arrested at Melborne airport after running onto tarmac Turkey shoots down Russian jet on Syrian border, pilots claimed dead Tunisia declares state of emergency after bus blast Two major quakes hit Amazon in Peru Newborn baby abandoned in nativity scene in New York church Jeff Bezos' space company's New Shepard landing hailed a breakthrough Australian minister urges Russia and Turkey to show restraint

Chinese authorities have detained 93 people accused of spreading doomsday rumours and arrested a man who slashed 23 children at a school after he was "psychologically affected" by such predictions, the Xinhua state news agency has reported.

The 93 people, from seven provinces, include members of the banned "Almighty God" cult, Xinhua said, adding that they were detained for "handing out leaflets about the apocalypse and spreading rumours".

"These cult members recently latched on to the Mayan doomsday scenario to predict the sun will not shine and electricity will not work for three days beginning on December 21," Xinhua said, citing the public security bureau of Xining, capital of the southwestern province of Qinghai.

China has launched a crackdown on the "Almighty God" group, which has also called for a decisive battle" to slay the "Red Dragon" Communist Party.

China's Communist Party brooks no challenge to its rule and is very keen to maintain social stability. But it has struggled to clamp down on rumors, which often spread quickly on the Internet.

In a separate report, Xinhua said police in Henan province arrested a man, identified as Min Yongjun, after he slashed 23 children at an elementary school and an adult at her home near the school.

"Initial police investigation found Min, a long-term epilepsy sufferer, had been strongly psychologically affected by rumours of the upcoming end of the world predicted by ancient prophecy," Xinhua said.

Min was arrested on a charge of suspicion of jeopardising public security, Xinhua said.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content