China’s capital has seen a spate of copycat violence after a disabled protester exploded a bomb at Beijing international airport on Saturday evening.
According to Beijing police, a man armed with a knife wounded several people in a rampage through a Carrefour store in the city’s western district. A man surnamed Wang was arrested at the scene.
Two men have also been arrested for separate instances of “threatening to carry bombs and attempting to disrupt social order”, Beijing police said in a statement.
One, a 39 year old Beijing native, threatened to set off explosives at Beijing airport on Saturday night in a protest against land seizures. Within an hour, a 31 year old man from Jiangsu issued a similar threat to blow up a video arcade. Both men have been arrested.
Netizens, who have been remarkably sympathetic to Beijing airport bomber Ji Zhongxing, blamed the government for driving people to take drastic measures. “Using lives to protest is the last way for ordinary people to seek changes,” one Weibo user wrote.
According to the Beijing News, a series of raids by police in the capital led to the seizure of 327 pistols, 631 fake guns, over 12,000 rounds of ammunition, 1,123 knives, and 61 crossbows. It is unclear whether the raids were related to or provoked by the Beijing airport bombing.
The US embassy also confirmed on Sunday that one of the victims of a double stabbing in Beijing on July 18 was an American citizen, the woman has not been named.
[Image: One of hundreds of guns seized by Beijing police on Monday (top), police tape in front of a Carrefour store in Beijing where a knife attack took place (mid). Credit: Weibo (top), People’s Daily (mid) // Via: SCMP]