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Knife-wielding attacker kills 1, injures 12 in Beijing shopping mall

12 February 2018

One persons has been killed and 12 people have been injured in an attack by a knife-wielding man in a busy shopping mall in the Chinese capital, Xnhua reported.

The attack reportedly took place in the Xidan district during lunchtime on Sunday, not far from Zhongnanhai, the headquarters of the Communist Party and the Chinese government.

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Three men and 10 women were sent to hospital after the attack and one woman died of her injuries, police said. The police caught a "suspect" who went on the stabbing spree, injuring unknown number of people at a shopping mall in downtown, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted police as saying. Video footage circulated on the Internet showed blood spattered on the floor in part of the mall.

Authorities usually blame such attacks on mental illnesses or personal grievances.

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Knives are commonly used because gun controls in China are extremely strict. He said he had committed the attack "as an expression of dissatisfaction", but he did not specify what. Police shot dead four of the attackers.

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Knife-wielding attacker kills 1, injures 12 in Beijing shopping mall