Chinese police have appealed to the country's online community for help to track down a man who launched a vicious assault on a woman, in what appeared to be a random attack on the weekend.
Surveillance footage from an unknown source shows the woman walking along a street looking at her phone when she is approached by a young man who abruptly hits her in the face. He continues to attack her, repeatedly punching and kicking her in the head before dragging her by the hair out of the camera frame.
The video, which lasts about 100 seconds, is time and date stamped at 12.44am on Saturday, but the location is unknown, according to a statement by the cybersecurity division of the public security bureau in Mianyang, in the southwestern province of Sichuan.
The clip has triggered a mass manhunt, with social media users visiting potential locations of the assault, none of which have so far matched the details in the background of the footage.
According to police, the video was first shared online by a group of people in Liaocheng, Shandong province, in eastern China on Monday, while a Weibo user from Meizhou, in the southern province of Guangdong, has come forward to say the victim may be a relative.
According to online news portal The Paper, other social media users have said they believe the man may be speaking with a Yangjiang dialect.
Police and government officials in each of these cities have ruled out the attack taking place there, as no locations match the one shown in the video.
The Ministry of Public Security and official media outlets, including People's Daily, have shared the video on social media, calling on the public's help in solving the case.
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