China: six dead after knife-wielding man attacks

Beijing, China: A man armed with a knife killed six people and injured 14 others in a city in eastern China on Sunday, according to state media.

According to official broadcaster CCTV, the attack took place on Saturday afternoon in the streets of Anqing, Anhui province, 430 kilometers (270 miles) west of Shanghai.

Anqing Public Security Bureau stated in a statement on the Weibo social network that the suspect had been caught and that an investigation was underway to ascertain the circumstances of the incident that occurred on a pedestrian retail strip.

According to CCTV, the suspect was 25 years old, unemployed, and "mad," according to the bureau.

Five people had been reported dead by authorities earlier. According to CCTV, a severely injured victim died in hospital on Saturday.

Knife attacks are widespread in China, where weapons are tightly restricted.

In April, a knife-wielding guy attacked a nursery school in southern China, killing two children and injuring 16 others.

In 2018, a man in northern China was condemned to death for stabbing nine children to death and injuring another 11.

In recent decades, violent crime has increased in China, as the country's economic prosperity has widened the divide between rich and poor.

There has also been a surge in the prevalence of mental problems, according to studies.

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