Woman stabs nine asleep on train

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 June, 2010, 12:00am

A woman stabbed nine passengers in their sleep on a train early yesterday morning in Heilongjiang, according to the province's internet portal, Northeast Net.

At about 2am on a train travelling east from Harbin , a man who was fast asleep suddenly felt a sharp pain in his leg. The next thing he saw was the back of a short-haired and slightly plump woman in her 40s.

She was moving on to the next berth, with a knife in her hand.

Another passenger recalled the chaos travellers found themselves in.

He said that his 70-year-old sister, another injured passenger, initially thought it was something that had dropped from the upper berth that had caused her the pain, and she asked him to check.

Relying on the weak light from his mobile phone, he was shocked to find a 3cm bleeding wound in his sister's arm, while he heard a fight breaking out elsewhere in the carriage.

As more passengers woke up in pain, and lights were switched on, some tried to block the woman and take the knife away from her.

Amid a shout of, 'Watch out, she has a knife', screams and moans filled the carriage.

Train police arrived 10 minutes later and took charge of the scene.

The nine passengers were injured in different parts of their bodies, and all were sent to hospital after the train pulled into the station at Jiamusi about an hour later.

The weapon was found to measure almost 15cm.

Some other reports said that it was actually a metal strip.

The woman, who was bound, was turned over to the Jiamusi police, who refused to provide more details on the case.

Passengers had been helping each other by the time the train arrived at Jiamusi. Those who had cotton pads and bandages helped treat the wounds of the injured passengers.

There were no reports of any serious injuries.

The mainland has seen a rise in random killings in the past few years, prompting questions and fears about mental health and growing social anger. The wave of kindergarten attacks this year further heightened the fears.