What is it with mass stabbings in China these days? News reports are emerging about yet another mass knifing-spree in the Middle Kingdom, the newest incident occurring on a bus in central Henan province. An infant, a 10-year old boy and an 18 year-old were killed and another twelve were injured, five critically.
From the BBC:
Police in China have arrested a man suspected of launching a brutal knife attack on a bus that left at least three dead, state media say.A 10-month old baby, a 10-year-old boy and an 18-year-old were killed. The motive behind the attack is unclear.
At least 12 people were injured after the attack on Monday in central Henan province, Xinhua news agency says.
It is the latest in a spate of apparently random violent attacks across China in recent months.
The man, 24, from Anyang city, tried to grab the steering wheel from the driver while the bus was on a busy road, reports say.
When he failed to do so, he started stabbing passengers. Five of those injured are reportedly in critical condition.
This comes just weeks after five were stabbed to death in Henan province, and less than a month after Beijing authorities banned the sale of knives in supermarkets after two knife attacks in one week. And the stabbing of six children and a woman in Maoming earlier this summer, and the stabbings of 22 schoolchildren by a madman last December.
Is this rash of random mass stabbings a sign of a society in collapse, another demonstration of the ineffectiveness of civilian disarmament, or more proof of the helplessness of a disarmed society?