Knifeman kills three in south-west China: State media

BEIJING (AFP) - A man wielding a knife killed three people and wounded several others in south-west China on Sunday, state media reported, the latest in a series of such attacks in the country.

A 10-year-old girl was among those wounded in the incident in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, China Central Television reported, according to the Xinhua news agency.

The suspect was detained, police were quoted as saying.

The attack is the latest in a series of deadly incidents across China, where social tensions have risen in recent years against a backdrop of a widening income gap and abuses of public power.

On August 19 a man with a knife attacked passengers on a bus in central China's Henan Province, killing three people including a 10-month-old baby and a 10-year-old boy.

At the end of last month, a mentally ill man stabbed three passers-by to death and wounded five others in the southern boom town of Shenzhen, while another knifeman killed five people in Henan over land and business disputes.

Earlier in July, a man in the southern region of Guangxi stormed an office enforcing China's one-child policy, stabbing two officials to death and wounding four after a row over his offspring.