British manhunt over killing of Chinese lecturer

4th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

British police pursued a nationwide manhunt Wednesday for a herbal medicine businessman suspected of killing a Chinese university lecturer and his family.

Detectives are hunting 52-year-old Du Anxiang over the killing of lecturer Ding Jifeng, 46, his wife Ge Chui, 47, and their daughters Xing, 18, and Alice, 12, who were knifed to death at their home in Northampton, central England, on Sunday.

Ding worked in the chemistry and environmental sciences division at Manchester Metropolitan University in northwest England. His wife taught Mandarin part-time at a local business school.

Both are from Hangzhou, the capital of eastern China's Zhejiang Province. Police are trying to trace their relatives.

Du worked at a Chinese herbal medicine shop in Birmingham.

The suspect was reported missing on Friday, the day of the royal wedding in Britain.

Police also revealed that the Du wrote a suicide note shortly before the murders are thought to have been committed.

"We believe this attack was targeted to this specific family and not a random attack. However, we would urge the public not to approach him," said Detective Superintendant Glyn Timmins.

"We believe Mr Du is connected to the family through business associations," Timmins said, adding that the links were complex but thought to be legitimate.

The motive behind the deaths does not appear to be due to burglary or robbery, police said.

Manchester Met said Ding would be sadly missed at the university and his students and colleagues were being offered counselling.

© 2011 AFP

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