Chinese state media say an on-duty soldier was shot dead and had his
machine gun stolen during an attack in a central city in China that
triggered a security alert.
The official Xinhua news agency said the 18-year-old soldier was standing guard at a military garrison Thursday night in Chongqing when he was shot by attackers who then made off with his gun.
The report provided few details, and said it was unclear just how many attackers were involved. It also said police and the military are jointly investigating the case.
Local residents told Xinhua that they noticed police carrying out checks on suspicious vehicles and passengers in the city early Friday morning.