May 17, 2010

Wave of Chinese Blade Attacks Continues

Here we go again:

A man attacked six girls with a meat cleaver at a busy Chinese market before committing suicide by jumping out of a building, according to state-run media. Two of the six were seriously injured, according to the state-run Guangzhou Daily. All six were hospitalized.

The attack occurred about 7 p.m. Sunday (7 a.m. ET) in the market in Foshan, Guangzhou province, according to the report. The man, thought to be about 20 years old, jumped from a three-story building and died, according to Guangzhou Daily.

The attack was the seventh such mass knife attack in China in recent weeks, five of which occurred at schools. More than 100 people have been wounded or killed in the spate of attacks, and authorities are struggling to understand the causes.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 17, 2010 07:30 AM

Mass knife attacks, or with other edged weapons, is a concept that occurs in a book called "Stand on Zanzibar" by John Brunner. The perpetrators were called 'muckers' after the verb 'to run amock'.

Posted by: Jack at May 17, 2010 10:32 AM

Obviously, PRChina needs cleaver-control laws.

Posted by: dad29 at May 17, 2010 12:56 PM

Damn Tea Partiers. Without a doubt. Ask Olbermann.

Posted by: kyle at May 17, 2010 03:19 PM

Wonder if the rash of knife attacks on school children or this one in particular on schoolgirls, could be related to the fact that there is a huge surplus of young men who will never have a chance to marry due to the unintended consequences of a one-child policy and selective abortion?

There are or will be close to 20 million "excess" men in this generation who can only visit prostitutes...and catch syphilis, which is on the rise in China, in a drug resistant strain.

Ah...but the Government knows best...and The Party is The Government.

Posted by: kalashnikat at May 19, 2010 07:38 PM