BEIJING (AP) — China has announced the roundup of hundreds of alleged cult members following a deadly attack in which a group of adherents beat a woman to death in a McDonald’s restaurant.
The official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that slightly more than 1,500 cult members had been detained and prison terms handed out to at least 59. It wasn’t clear when the arrests took place
Those detained were allegedly members of the Church of Almighty God and the Disciples Sect, groups drawing on an unorthodox reading of Christian scripture. Six members of the Church of Almighty God are accused of beating a woman to death at a McDonald’s in the eastern city of Zhaoyuan last month after she refused to tell them her phone number as part of a recruitment drive.