Ax-Wielding Man Kills 6 in China

30-year-old man attacked those en route to nursery school
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2011 10:39 AM CDT
Ax-Wielding Man Kills 6 in China
Police keep watch as family members of victims gather after a 30-year-old attacker killed six people with an axe in Henan province's Gongyi city, in central China on September 14, 2011.   (Getty Images)

A man wielding an ax attacked and killed two young girls and four adults while they were on their way to a nursery school this morning in Gongyi City, China, the BBC reports. Police have apprehended the suspected killer, a 30-year-old local farmer who they say "has a history of mental health illness." It’s the latest in a string of attacks on Chinese schools, including one last month in which eight children were hurt when an employee at a Shanghai child-care center attacked them with a knife. The attacks are unrelated, but have sparked calls for increased security around schools. (Read more murder stories.)

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