Prosecutors approve arrest of knife attacker on suspicion of murder

The arrest of a man implicated in the death of two schoolboys on Thursday morning has been approved on suspicion of murder.

The arrest of a man implicated in the death of two schoolboys on Thursday morning has been approved on suspicion of murder, according to the No.1 Branch of Shanghai People’s Procuratorate.

Investigation showed the suspect, Huang Yichuan, 29, from Shaoyang City in central China’s Hunan Province, had wandered from city to city looking for work without success. Early this month he arrived in Shanghai where his efforts to find employment remained in vain.

Huang claimed that he was weary of the world and decided to retaliate against society.

On Thursday morning, Huang allegedly carried a kitchen knife as he took a bus from the hostel where he was staying to an area near Shanghai World Foreign Language Primary School on Pubei Road near Guilin Street W. in Xuhui District.

About 11am he saw students leaving the school. Fearful of being caught by the school’s security guards, he followed the students away from the school for about 130 meters before attacking three boys and a parent, prosecutors said.

He was quickly subdued by police and passers-by. The injured were sent to a nearby hospital but two boys succumbed to their injuries and died after emergency treatment. The injuries sustained by the two survivors were not life threatening, prosecutors said.

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