Knife-Wielding Man Murders Seven Schoolchildren in China

A knife-wielding man attacked a group of students walking home from school in northwest China, killing seven and injuring a dozen more.

Because gun control laws are incredibly restrictive, knife attacks are becoming more common in China. In most cases, the attackers are mentally ill.

Graphic photos from the scene have been posted on social media, including a picture of the suspect being arrested (above).

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Reuters reports.

An assailant killed seven Chinese middle school students who were on their way home from classes on Friday, and the suspected attacker has been caught, state news agency Xinhua reported.

The attack happened in Mizhi county in the northwestern province of Shaanxi, Xinhua said in a brief report.

Twelve students were injured, it added.

The suspect has been taken into custody, Xinhua said, without providing any other details.

The Shaanxi City Express newspaper showed pictures on its microblog of children on the ground covered in blood, and the suspect being lead away by police.

The knife attacks are on the rise in the country, and schoolchildren are often targets. A similar attack three years ago severely wounded eight elementary schoolchildren. Five years ago, 22 children were stabbed by a crazed man with a knife. Last year, a man hacked two people to death in a Walmart.

Violent crime is rare in China compared with many other countries, especially in major cities where security is tight, but there has been a series of knife and axe attacks in recent years, many targeting children.

In February, a woman was killed and 12 people injured when a man carried out a knife attack in a mall in a busy shopping district in the capital, Beijing.

Such attacks are often blamed on people with mental illness or who have personal grievances. Knives are most commonly used because gun controls are extremely strict in China.

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