Axeman kills six in Gongyi

by Tiffany Millar on September 14, 2011

A man equipped with an axe killed two young females and four adults in Gongyi, an eastern Chinese city, according to media reports.

The attack occurred early in the morning on a busy street close to a kindergarten in the city, located in Henan province. The 30-year-old farmer, suspected of having mental health issues, has been detained, as confirmed by officials.

The incident is just the latest in a wave of similar attacks around the world’s most populous country, several of which have targeted schools and youngsters. One media report explained that one group was taking their children to a nursery school when the attack occurred.

Four people were pronounced dead at the scene with two later passing away in hospital, said local officials in a statement. The suspect, named Wang Hongbin, is known to have had a history of troubling mental health problems. Last year, there was a series of similar attacks that saw lone individuals break into Chinese schools before attacking students. One such attack that occurred in March 2010, in Ningping, involved a community doctor, Zheng Minsheng, stabbing eight children to death. Just a month later, he was executed for his crimes. Just two months later though, seven children and the two adults that were accompanying them were hacked to death in Hanzhong city by a lone attacker who later turned the knife on himself.

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