Woman stabs nine in China train rampage


Afp June 02, 2010

BEIJING: A woman armed with a knife went on a rampage on an overnight passenger train in northeastern China, stabbing and wounding nine people as they slept, state media reported on Wednesday.

The attack, which occurred in the early morning on Tuesday is the latest in a wave of violent attacks by lone assailants that has shocked the country.

The woman, who was not identified, went from berth to berth stabbing sleeping passengers until she was wrestled to the ground and restrained by other travelers.

The train had been travelling from the provincial capital of Harbin to the city of Hebei.

The attack occurred the same day that a bank guard opened fire in a court building in central China’s Hunan province, shooting three judges dead and wounding three other people before killing himself, the local government said.

China has also seen a spate of bloody attacks on young schoolchildren since March that have left 17 people dead.

The attacks have triggered an intense debate about the reasons behind them, with some experts saying China had not attached enough importance to mental health amid rapid social change triggered by decades of booming economic growth.

Published in the Express Tribune, June 3rd, 2010.

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