Eight wounded in China bus knife rampage

Police patrol outside the Joy City Mall in the Xidan district after a knife attack, in Beijing, in February. Eight people have been stabbed in the city of Xi’an in a frenzied attack that began on board a public bus. (Reuters)
Updated 22 June 2018
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Eight wounded in China bus knife rampage

  • The assault occurred in Xi’an, the former imperial city where tourists flock to see China’s famed Teracotta Army.
  • Mass stabbings are not uncommon in China, which heavily restricts access to firearms. In April a man stabbed nine college students in the same province where Xi’an is located.

BEIJING: A man attacked and wounded eight people Friday in a frenzied knife attack that began on a public bus in northern China, state media said.
The assault occurred in Xi’an, the former imperial city where tourists flock to see China’s famed Teracotta Army.
The suspected attacker was arrested by police, the People’s Daily reported on its Twitter account, posting video of a man being restrained by officers as a siren wailed in the background.
“Suspect that slashed and injured multiple people on and off the bus has been arrested by local police,” the paper wrote.
A video posted on China’s Weibo social networking platform showed harrowing scenes of a woman and a child lying bloodied and visibly unconscious next to the bus.
Local newspaper Huashang Bao, quoting a police note, said the man started attacking people on the bus, including the driver, before exiting the vehicle and assaulting people nearby.
Mass stabbings are not uncommon in China, which heavily restricts access to firearms. In April a man stabbed nine college students in the same province where Xi’an is located.
Two months earlier a man killed a woman and wounded 12 others at a popular Beijing shopping mall.


40 dead, 60 injured in Kabul blast

Updated 7 min 57 sec ago
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40 dead, 60 injured in Kabul blast

  • Several had gathered to mark a religious event
  • Premilitary reports it was a suicide attack

KABUL – An explosion at a religious function in Afghanistan's capital killed 40 people on Tuesday, health ministry officials said.
More than 60 others were also wounded in the incident which took place at a massive hotel where several people had gathered to mark the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), residents said.
The cause for the blast was not immediately known, but two officials familiar with the matter said that they suspected a suicide bomber was behind the attack. Daesh has repeatedly targeted mosques and places of worship of the Shiite community. Tuesday’s attack marks the first time a Sunni religious procession has been targeted in Afghanistan. Hundreds of people had participated in the gathering, with experts saying that the death toll was expected to rise.