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3 killed in central China bus stabbings

August 20, 2013

BEIJING (AP) — A knife-wielding man killed three people and wounded 12 aboard a bus in the country’s latest rampage attack, local authorities said Tuesday.

Official statements posted online said that Zhou Jiangbo, 24, was captured Tuesday and in police custody as the suspected assailant in Monday’s attack in the city of Anyang in central China’s Henan province.

Those killed were an infant and two boys, although it wasn’t known whether the assailant had deliberately targeted young people, Anyang police said in a statement on their website.

State-run China Central Television said Zhou was involved in a neighborhood dispute but did not provide details. It said Zhou fled his home in Neihuang county Sunday after allegedly injuring three people.

Attackers in some previous incidents have targeted children, either out of revenge or blind rage. Observers have blamed attacks on chronic weaknesses in a mental health system that fails to diagnose and treat those who might be a threat.

Recent attacks include the stabbing of six government family planning workers last month, two of whom died.

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