Seven killed in knife attack in north-east China

A screenshot from a video uploaded to social media said to be of the incident.
A screenshot from a video uploaded to social media said to be of the incident.SCREENSHOT: TWITTER

BEIJING • A man armed with a knife killed seven people and wounded seven others in northeastern China on Sunday, state media reported.

The attack - which the police said appeared to have been "random" - reportedly took place at 8.14am local time in the city of Kaiyuan in Liaoning province.

The attacker was later arrested in a local bath house, they added.

An inquiry has begun, the Kaiyuan public security office said in a post on the Twitter-like Weibo website.

Stabbings are relatively common in China. Firearms are banned but are often used in random attacks by angry citizens who see themselves as victims of injustice seeking revenge on society.

In February last year, a man who suspected his wife of adultery stabbed eight people to death and injured seven in a village in the country's north-east.

In April the previous year, a knife-wielding 28-year-old man killed nine college students and injured 12 others outside their school in the northern province of Shaanxi. The attacker later said he acted out of revenge after being harassed by a student at the same school.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 29, 2020, with the headline 'Seven killed in knife attack in north-east China'. Subscribe