Nine Killed In Knife Attack By Chinese Teenager

A teenager has been arrested after killing nine people and wounding four others in a knife attack in northeast China, state media reported Thursday.

The 17-year-old, who was identified only by his surname Li, barged into the home of his girlfriend armed with a knife following an argument and killed two relatives of the girl, the Legal Daily said. As he left his girlfriend’s home in Liaoning province’s Xinbin county, he stabbed six more people to death and wounded five, it said. One of the injured died Thursday in hospital, the paper said.

Li was arrested near the scene of the attack, late on Wednesday night, and was taken into custody, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Police had nabbed him as he was preparing to jump from a building in an apparent suicide attempt, it added. No other details were immediately available. Calls made to local authorities and police in Xinbin county went unanswered.


Violent crime has been on the rise in China in recent decades as the nation’s economy has boomed and the gap between rich and poor has expanded at an alarming rate. Experts say the increase in assaults shows that China is paying the price for focusing on more than 30 years of economic growth while ignoring problems linked to rapid social change.

What do you think drove this Chinese teenager to attack those people with a knife? Do you agree that economic stress in China has greatly contributed to increasing mental health concerns among its citizens?

 

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Strange Yellow Haze Engulfs China’s Wuhan City

Young and old residents of the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan were advised to stay indoors on Monday after a thick haze blanketed the city of nine million people, official media said.

Described by residents as opaque with yellowish and greenish tinges, the fug descended suddenly in the morning, prompting people to rush to put on face masks, witnesses told AFP. The official Xinhua news agency quoted the environmental protection department of Hubei province saying in a statement: “Children, the elderly and people with heart or respiratory diseases are advised to stay indoors.”


Xinhua said straw burning was the cause and denied there had been any industrial accidents in or near Wuhan, after Internet rumours suggested there had been an explosion at a chemical complex northeast of the city. France’s consulate-general in the central city advised residents to stay at home, close their windows and limit the use of air-conditioning. Xinhua described the haze as grey-yellow in colour and said it was seen in seven cities in Hubei province, including Wuhan.

Air pollution is increasingly acute in major Chinese cities and authorities are frequently accused of underestimating the severity of the problem in urban areas, especially in Beijing. China’s environment suffers from industrial pollution, increasing traffic and lax protection measures. Official air-quality statistics are sometimes at odds with non-government measurements, and are often viewed with distrust.

What could have caused this yellow haze to descend upon Wuhan? Do you think it poses a significant health threat to Chinese citizens? Tell us what you think!

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