Teen's knife rampage leaves nine dead

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:54pm
 

A teenager who fell out with his girlfriend went on a rampage, stabbing at least nine people to death and injuring another four in a town in the northeast, Xinhua reported.

The 17-year-old's first victims were two relatives of the girlfriend. After killing them, he fled the scene, lashing out at passers-by as he went.

Alerted by several residents, police caught the teenager.

A day after the rampage the town, Yongling in Liaoning province, was still gripped by grief and fear.

'I asked a guy what had happened, and he told me that more than a dozen people were killed or injured last night,' a woman who works at the Xiangyun Hotel in the town centre said yesterday. 'I didn't believe him, thinking he must have been exaggerating.

'Yongling is a tourist town, with most residents of ethnic Manchu descent, and our lives have always been quiet and peaceful.

'When I learned from television news today that it was single-handedly done by a young man, I couldn't help but shiver. It will definitely cast a pall over everyone for many days to come. I hope the killer is severely punished for what he has done.'

The woman said she saw several police cars and armoured paramilitary vehicles on the streets when she was going to work yesterday morning.

The incident occurred on Wednesday evening when the boy, from the Xinfu district in Fushun, went to nearby Yongling. When the stabbing spree began at around 9pm, many people were still on the streets of the town.

Nothing more is known about the suspect's background. The authorities are still investigating the stabbings and have yet to press charges against the suspect. No details of his other victims was released.

Crimes involving minors have been on the rise in many parts of the nation in recent years. Xinhua cited Xinmi, Henan, as an example, saying the number of criminal charges filed against minors has risen rapidly since 2009, from about 10 a year to more than 200 last year.

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