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CCTV reports that a man attacked three people, killing two, in East Beijing at 2pm on Saturday. Police arrived to find the man surrounded by a mob of local residents attempting to restrain him. The assailant then resisted arrest and died in the hospital as a result of injuries attained during his struggle with police.
South China Morning Post reports that the third victim is still alive and under treatment in a Beijing hospital, and that police are investigating the incident to determine what the hell just happened. The assailant has yet to be identified publicly.
This spree joins a troubling recent history of stabbing rampages in China, which have peppered the headlines over the last few months. In March, a Jiangsu man killed two and injured eleven in a domestic dispute gone wild. In January, a Shenzhen man killed one and decapitated another in a local shopping area. The most publicity, likely due to its coincidence with the American school shootings in Connecticut, was garnered upon the Henan school knife attack that left 22 injured in December.
At least it wasn’t kids this time.