Flurry of knife attacks hit China

AFP-JIJI

A Chinese man stabbed three passers-by to death in the southern boom town of Shenzhen on Monday, police said, the latest in a series of killing sprees in the country.

The man, identified only by his surname, He, attacked “several” people on a street in the city, which borders Hong Kong, police said on a verified Sina Weibo account, China’s equivalent of Twitter.

He, 41, from Jieyang in Guangdong province, was subdued by officers who arrived at the scene three minutes after the first reports were received, and was taken to a hospital after being wounded himself, police said.

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

A man knifed five people to death and wounded another three last Thursday in the central province of Henan over land and business disputes.