Twenty-seven policemen were injured after they were attacked by villagers after summoning two suspects in southwest China's Yunnan Province, said local government on Wednesday.
Policemen with the Public Security Bureau in Jinning County summoned two people allegedly involved in illegal detention and intentional injury in Jincheng township on Tuesday afternoon.
After police summoned the suspects, about 200 residents in Guangji Village in the township stopped and held 11 police officers and their three vehicles on the highway near the village. More police arrived to handle the situation, but were attacked by the villagers. Police maintained maximum restraint during the conflict.
The incident left 27 police injured, including three in serious condition. All the injured were sent to hospitals in Kunming, the provincial capital, for treatment. One remains in critical condition.
There has been no report of injuries among the villagers, police and health authorities said.
Seven policemen surrounded by residents managed to leave the village on Tuesday night and the remaining 13 others also left safely on Wednesday afternoon.
The Kunming city government said the authorities will respect the demands of residents in land deals to protect their legal interests and deal with the aftermath of the incident according to law.