Beijing: A man reportedly angry over his
divorce axed a woman and two children to death early on Wednesday and
wounded three others, state media cited police as saying.
The 37-year-old man named Liang Dongqiu allegedly
killed his sister-in-law and a boy and a girl, aged nine and
eight respectively, in the city of Hechi in the Guangxi
region, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Calls to the Hechi city police rang unanswered.
Liang also wounded his 72-year-old father-in-law and
two neighbours, the report said. Xinhua cited police as saying
Liang's rampage was sparked by his wife divorcing him.
Police have arrested Liang and are holding him in
custody, the report said. China has seen a spate of violent
attacks at schools and in public spaces this year that have
left dozens dead and wounded scores more.
The seemingly unrelated attacks have prompted calls
for more attention to diagnosing serious mental illnesses and
concern over the toll economic disparity and stress are taking
on the nation's emotional health.
First Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 21:45