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Chinese teen kills 1, wounds 11

2010-06-18 08:18

Beijing - A teenager killed a middle-aged woman and wounded 11 people in a knife attack on passers-by in a village in southern China, state media reported on Friday.

The 19-year-old suspect started hacking at people in the street around midday on Wednesday on the outskirts of the relatively affluent manufacturing hub of Guangzhou, the official local Guangzhou Daily newspaper said.

Police have arrested the teenager and are investigating possible motives, it said. It gave no further details.

The delay in reporting the attack and the limited coverage may be due to fears about copycat attacks after a wave of recent stabbings.

More than 27 people have died and at least 80 have been injured in knife and cleaver attacks since March, mostly in schools, prompting worries about a social malaise as a consequence of China's rapid economic growth.

In May, a man in southern China attacked six women with a cleaver before jumping to his death from a building.

Triggers for earlier school violence included personal grievances over job losses, business failures, broken relationships and house relocations.
Schools across the country have been required to tighten security and police vowed to "strike hard" against any attack.

Several of the attackers killed themselves, but at least three people have been sentenced to death so far this year for school stabbings and one has been executed already.