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Man detained after 2 hacked to death

TWO people were hacked to death and another nine injured by a man wielding a meat cleaver inside a Walmart store in the southern manufacturing hub of Shenzhen, police in the city’s Bao’an district said yesterday.

A 30-year-old unemployed man was detained as a suspect in the Sunday night attack. The motive was not immediately known. The suspect, surnamed Jiang, was detained after attacking people with the kitchen knife at about 9pm.

Jiang’s family says he hails from the southwestern city of Chongqing and became a migrant worker in 2014.

The family posted a notice inquiring about Jiang’s whereabouts in September 2015 after he lost contact. In the notice, the family claimed Jiang has a mental illness.

Shenzhen police said Jiang was clear-minded when he was questioned. A medical evaluation will be conducted to confirm his mental state.

Firearms are largely unobtainable for ordinary Chinese, and such attacks are more often carried out with knives or homemade explosives.

Sales of knives have faced stricter regulations following high-profile attacks, some of which have targeted children at or just outside kindergartens and elementary schools.


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