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27 People Dead as China Adds to a Growing List of Mass Stabbings

Updated on August 30, 2014

27 Dead in Mass Stabbing

27 Dead in China Mass Stabbing
27 Dead in China Mass Stabbing

Knife: A Tool or a Weapon?

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Mass Stabbing Leaves at least 27 People Dead

27 people are stabbed to death and at least 109 people are hurt in the southwestern province of Yunnan, China. The mass stabbing took place at Kunming train station on Saturday March 1, 2014. Yunnan is about 1,300 miles southwest of Beijing.

What Happened at Kunming Train Station?

Many people saw men wearing uniforms stormed the train station by force, wielding knives.

An eyewitness on the scene saw "a man in a yellow jacket and a woman dressed in all black" stabbing and slashing people, and one of them had a knife at least 2 ft. long.

Another person purchasing a ticket saw a large group of people wearing black rush into the station and started attacking bystanders. He noted that the attackers were targeting people that were slower, such as the elderly.

After police arrived, gunfire was heard at the station. Several of the attackers were shot and killed by local police men that arrived on the scene. Photos circulating of the crime scene show bodies lying on the ground in pools of blood. Crowds of people gathered outside the crime scene while police officers and EMT’s loaded bodies into ambulances.

It is unknown if this was gang or mob-related, and the motive behind this mass stabbing is still unknown, but The L.A. Times wonders if it has any connection to The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference or the National People's Congress, which are scheduled for the upcoming week.

The Xinhua news agency said: "It was an organized, premeditated violent terrorist attack..."

To date, this is one of the worst mass stabbings in China, and adds to a growing list that is looming over China.


List of Previous Mass Stabbings in China

August 20, 2013 – A 41-year old man killed four and wounded 11 more on a bus in the southwestern province of Chengdu. It was said to have been after a financial dispute with family. More than 400 policemen were dispatched to hunt this man down.

Dec. 14, 2012 – Min Yingjun, 36, injured at least 22 children and one adult with a knife outside of a primary school in the village of Chengping in Henan province. This mass stabbing took place before 8 a.m. on a Friday morning, while students were arriving for school. He attacked an elderly woman, and then moved to stabbing students before security guards stopped him.

Sept. 11, 2011 – Wang Hongbin, 30, killed one girl and three adults in Gongyi, Henan. The mentally ill farmer murdered them with an axe, and then seriously wounded another child and adult.

August 2011 – Eight children were slashed with a box cutter in Minhang District of Shanghai. This was done by a mentally ill employee of the child-care center.

August 4, 2010 – Fang Jiantang, 26, slashed 20 children and adults with a knife. Three children and one teacher died as a result. This took place in Zibo, Shandong province.

May 12, 2010 – Wu Huanming, 48, killed seven children, two adults and 11 others with a meat cleaver. He was the landlord of a private kindergarten and was in a ongoing dispute with the school about when they would vacate the building. He later committed suicide at his home.

April 2010 – Chen Kangbing, 33, injured 16 students and a teacher at Hongfu Primary school in Leizhou, Guangdong.

April 29, 2010 – Wang Yonglai stabbed 28 children (around the age of 4) and two teachers, and the next day attacked preschoolers with a hammer in Weifang, Shandong. He committed suicide after the latter attack.

March 23, 2010 – Zheng Minsheng, 41, murdered eight children in Nanping of the Fujian province. He was executed for his crime.

Why so many Mass Stabbings in China?

The YouTube video (to the right) thinks that these mass stabbings could have been thwarted if the citizens of China has the right to bear arms. What do you think?

The Associated Press points out in an article that gun ownership is almost non-existent in China. Therefore, most public attacks are commonly from knives or home-made explosives.

Three Possible Reasons that Motivate the Mass Stabbings in China

  1. Mental Illness - The AP article (link above) indicates that some of these mass stabbings are due to the poor health care system in China, that has difficulty treating people with mental illnesses.
  2. Terrorism - The Times of India speculates that this attack could be linked to the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM).
  3. Political Motivations - This incident could have some political impact on the two meetings that are about to be held in China.(The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference or the National People's Congress)

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