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Cult members held in crackdown

Hundreds of alleged cult members have been detained in China following an attack in which a woman was beaten to death in a McDonald's restaurant.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that slightly more than 1,500 cult members had been detained and prison terms handed out to at least 59.

It was not 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.

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