Two killed in cleaver attack at Chinese Walmart store

File: Firearms are largely unobtainable for ordinary Chinese, and such attacks are more often carried out with knives or homemade explosives. Photo: Flickr.com / Tom Woodward

BEIJING — Two people were hacked to death and another nine injured by a man wielding a meat cleaver inside a Walmart store in China’s southern city of Shenzhen.

In an online statement on Monday, police in the city’s Bao’an district said a 30-year-old unemployed man was detained as a suspect. They said the motive for the attack was not immediately known.

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Firearms are largely unobtainable for ordinary Chinese, and such attacks are more often carried out with knives or homemade explosives.

Sales of knives have faced stricter regulations following high-profile attacks, some of which have targeted schools.

Perpetrators of most past attacks were described as being mentally ill or bearing grudges against society.

African News Agency

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