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Police: Man kills 4 in latest China knife attack

August 26, 2013

BEIJING (AP) — A disgruntled man went on a stabbing spree in a southwestern Chinese city, killing four people and wounding 11, police said Monday, in the latest in a string of apparently random attacks across the country.

The public security bureau in Chengdu said Monday on its microblog that the 41-year-old suspect began attacking fellow passengers on a bus Sunday night. He then exited and attacked pedestrians until being shot and wounded by police.

Photographs showed injured people lying on the sidewalk surrounded by pools of blood.

Police said the man told them he’d had a financial dispute with family members and arrived in Chengdu on Sunday from his hometown of Jintang.

China has seen a number of mass stabbings and other attacks in recent weeks carried out by people bearing grudges against society or suffering from mental illness. China’s health care system has little ability to diagnose and treat those with problems, while job stress and the indifference of authorities are seen as pushing some individuals over the edge.

Last week, a knife-wielding man killed three people and wounded 12 aboard a bus in the central province of Henan for unknown reasons. Last month, a man charged into a government family planning office and stabbed six workers, two of whom died, following a dispute over violating the country’s one-child policy.

Private gun ownership is virtually nonexistent in China, making knives and homemade explosives the most used weapons.

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