Chinese state media say a man has been arrested after 16 people were found dead in six village homes.

The bodies of the dead, including women and three children, were found Thursday in Huize county in Yunnan province in the country's southwest.

The official Xinhua News Agency said a suspect was arrested in the provincial capital of Kunming, about 200 kilometers (120 miles) from where the bodies were found.

An officer at the Daibu branch of the Huize police confirmed the deaths, but said he had no further details.

Xinhua did not identify the suspect. It described the deaths as a killing spree but provided no details. If they were murders, the deaths would be one of the bloodiest mass slayings in China's recent history.