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Chinese Worker Suicide Brings Death Toll to Nine

A ninth employee has committed suicide at the Taiwanese-owned Foxconn factories.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports (opens in new tab) that Nan Gang, 21, jumped to his death from the top of one of the factories at Foxconn's industrial complex, Longhua township, at 4:37am local time on Friday.

The death comes just a week after another Foxconn employee, Liang, allegedly stabbed himself before falling to his death from the ninth floor of the company's factory in Shenzhen, where all but one of the suicide attempts have taken place.

Two employees were prevented from committing suicide at the plant earlier in the year.

According (opens in new tab) to Huang Jianwei, a spokesperson for Bao'an Police Station, Nan was depressed due to high debts, the break-up of his parents' marriage, fights with co-workers and his girlfriend leaving him to marry someone else.

The Bao'an Police also believe Nan to have been blackmailed by a local gang he had hired to assault fellow workers at the Shenzhen plant.

US-based China Labour Watch have criticised the tech firm over its ignorance about the welfare of Chinese employees.

Following this incident the Foxconn board has called for an emergency meeting to look into the welfare of their employees.