Beijing (February 11, 2018): A woman was killed and 12 other people injured after a man carried out a knife attack in a mall in a busy shopping district in the Chinese capital, Beijing, police said on Sunday.
Beijing police said in a short statement they had detained a man over the early afternoon attack at Joy City Mall in Xidan district.
Three men and 10 women were sent to hospital after the attack and one woman died of her injuries, police said. The others were all expected to recover.Police said they acted quickly in handling the incident and identified the detained man as a 35-year-old surnamed Zhu from the northern province of Henan.
The man had already confessed to carrying out the attack to “express his discontent”, they said but did not elaborate.
In 2015, police arrested a sword-wielding man who killed a Chinese woman and injured a French man in Beijing’s fashionable Sanlitun shopping and entertainment district.
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.