2 killed in cleaver at­tack at Chi­nese Wal­mart store

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– Two peo­ple were hacked to death and an­other nine in­jured by a man wield­ing a meat cleaver in­side a Wal­mart store in China’s south­ern man­u­fac­tur­ing hub of Shen­zhen, po­lice in the city’s Bao’an district said Mon­day.

A 30-year-old un­em­ployed man was de­tained as a sus­pect in the Sun­day night at­tack, po­lice said in an on­line state­ment. The mo­tive for the at­tack was not im­me­di­ately known.

Firearms are largely un­ob­tain­able for or­di­nary Chi­nese, and such at­tacks are more of­ten car­ried out with knives or home­made ex­plo­sives. Sales of knives have faced stricter reg­u­la­tions fol­low­ing high­pro­file at­tacks, some of which have tar­geted chil­dren at or just out­side kinder­gartens and ele­men­tary schools.

Per­pe­tra­tors of most past at­tacks have been de­scribed as be­ing men­tally ill or bear­ing grudges against so­ci­ety, with so­cial dis­lo­ca­tion and a lack of re­sources for di­ag­nos­ing and treat­ing such con­di­tions con­tribut­ing to the prob­lem, ex­perts say.

In one of the most hor­rific re­cent at­tacks, eight peo­ple were killed when a 22-year-old man det­o­nated a home­made at the front gate of a kinder­garten in eastern China. Only the sus­pect’s sur­name, Xu, was re­leased and no mo­tive was pro­vided.

Wal­mart, head­quar­tered in Ben­tonville, Arkansas, has been op­er­at­ing in China for more than 20 years. It had 439 stores in 189 Chi­nese cities by the end of 2016.

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