Beijing: China police today arrested a man suspected of killing 16 people, including women and three children in the remote southwestern village of China.
The bodies were found today at different locations in the village, a state-backed news website, said, adding that the suspect had given authorities some details of the incident.
Mass killings are rare in China and the incident dominated discussion on social media platforms. It was not immediately clear how the victims were killed, or what the motive was.
The suspect was arrested in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, about 200 km from Yema, the site of the murders, state news agency Xinhua said, adding that the victims were members of six families.
The public security bureau in the nearby city of Qujing told media it was investigating the incident, but declined to provide details.
An officer at the Daibu branch of the Huize police confirmed the deaths, but said he had no further details.Further details are awaited.