Seven killed as villager carries out knife attack in central China

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 May, 2014, 12:46pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 May, 2014, 7:29pm


A man stabbed seven people to death in a village in a central province, a Chinese state news agency reported.

The China News Service said the attack occurred at 4am today in the county of Lushan in Henan province. It says the attacker was captured.

The report says the attack was prompted by disputes with neighbours but gave no details.

China’s countryside is rife with disputes over land, business dealings and other issues. Attacks involving knives, rat poison and other weapons are reported regularly.

Yesterday, the government of the city of Macheng in the central province of Hubei said a man attacked first- and second-graders at a school, injuring eight children.

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Earlier this month, at least six people were wounded in a knife attack at Guangzhou Railway Station yesterday, the third assault on civilians at train stations in two months.

That was less than a week after an explosion at a railway station in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, the vast western region home to ethnic minority Uygurs, left two attackers and a civilian dead and 79 wounded.

It also follows a March attack at a railway station in the southwestern city of Kunming, in which machete-wielding attackers killed 29 people and wounded 143 in what many in China dubbed the country's "9/11".

Four attackers were shot and killed by police and four more were captured.

Authorities blamed both the Kunming and Urumqi incidents on terrorists from Xinjiang.

With additional reporting from Mimi Lau