Man ar­rested af­ter 6 killed in ru­ral Bei­jing knife at­tack

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By CAO YIN caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Six people were stabbed to death and oth­ers were wounded in a knife at­tack in a ru­ral district of Bei­jing on Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to the Bei­jing Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau.

Po­lice re­spond­ing to a re­port of the at­tack shortly be­fore 1 pm in Wanghua, a vil­lage in north­east Bei­jing’s Huairou district, took a man into cus­tody, the depart­ment said on its mi­cro blog.

Vil­lagers said that at least 10 people were in­jured in the at­tack. Po­lice did not con­firm the num­ber, but said that wounded vil­lagers had been taken to a hospi­tal.

The sus­pect, a 34-year-old vil­lage res­i­dent sur­named Zhao, is men­tally ill ac­cord­ing to the sus­pect’s fam­ily, the po­lice mi­cro blog said.

The at­tack al­legedly arose from dis­putes over hous­ing, and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der­way, it added.

As a China Daily re­porter ar­rived at the scene, the vil­lage had been cor­doned off, and about 10 po­lice cars were parked in the area.

The door of the sus­pect’s home had been locked, and his dog was left stand­ing at the gate.

A vil­lager who runs Guo Zhan Su­per­mar­ket in the vil­lage said Zhao’s mother had also been taken to the po­lice sta­tion af­ter the at­tack.

“I was work­ing at my busi­ness and didn’t hear any­thing around 1 pm un­til my neighbor called me,” the 27-year-old woman said. “My neighbor had been stabbed in the waist and was bleed­ing.”

“I im­me­di­ately sent the man to the hospi­tal,” she said.

An­other vil­lager who had been play­ing chess with the in­jured neighbor was also stabbed, “but he went back home for his mi­nor in­juries,” said the woman, who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

The area where the two men had been sit­ting was stained with blood.

“I saw the sus­pect as I went home last night. He didn’t act ab­nor­mally,” the vil­lager said.

Ac­cord­ing to the fa­ther-in­law of the mar­ket owner, the sus­pect’s mother came from south­ern China about 10 years ago and mar­ried an older man in the vil­lage, but the hus­band later died, leav­ing them a house.

An­other vil­lager, who wanted to re­main anony­mous, said the sus­pect’s fam­ily had con­flicts with the vil­lage com­mit­tee re­gard­ing in­come dis­tri­bu­tion from his house re­lo­ca­tion.

WANG JING / CHINA DAILY

The site of a fa­tal knife at­tack is cor­doned off in a vil­lage in Huairou district, Bei­jing, on Thurs­day. A vil­lager al­legedly stabbed six people to death.

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