'Irascible' Chinese villager stabs nine women and children, 2 dead

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New Delhi, May 11 (ANI): Just a day after a Chinese man killed eight people, another such incident occurred in Shaanxi province in which a knife-wielding villager stabbed two women to death and injured seven other women and children on Monday.

This is the seventh incident just over a month that young children have been attacked in China, a country where violent criminal attacks are relatively rare.

The latest killing spree in Shaanxi comes a day after a man killed eight people, including his mother, wife and daughter, in Jishui county of East China's Jiangxi province.

The suspect, Song Rong, allegedly barged into houses in Songhiapo village in Wubao county of Yulin city and stabbed each person he came across, cnwest.com, an official provincial news portal, reported on Monday evening.

The youngest of Song's victims was only 2 years old, the report said, citing unnamed sources. Song is now in police custody.

According to the villagers, Song is an "irascible man who has little personal contact with neighbors and often beat his family members".

Song's father allegedly left home to be a migrant worker to avoid his violent son and also persuaded Song's wife and children to leave home, China Daily quoted the report, as saying.

Domestic and foreign experts said the recent killing sprees, together with a series of violent school attacks in the past two months, could possibly be the result of "modern social stress in China".

Joshua Miller, chairman of the Social Welfare Policy and Services Sequence at Smith College of the United States, said: "The string of school attacks occur when society causes stress on people, like rapid social change, mass migrations, increasing disparities in wealth and weakening of traditions."

Han Buxin, a research fellow with the Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said the attacks reflect stress and social conflicts that cannot be ignored.

Han said people suffering from mental disorders could also attack people, but the suspects in recent cases carefully planned their assaults. (ANI)

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