The death toll from a stabbing spree that took place at a grocery market in Changsha, Hunan province this morning has been raised to six, according to local police.
South China Morning Post reports that a street peddler at the market attacked and killed another resident with a knife after the two got in a dispute, then began stabbing random innocent bystanders, killing two people and injuring two others.
Police rushed to the scene and killed the attacker, according to a statement made by Changsha police. The two injured bystanders had succumbed to their injuries at a hospital, the police said.
The names published by police of the two peddlers, the attacker and the first victim, seemed to indicate that they were both from the Uygur ethnic minority group, who live primarily in the restive western region of Xinjiang.
The two men were colleagues at a shop in the market selling naan, an oven-baked flatbread popular among Uygurs, according to other peddlers in the market.
A metal shop owner at the market told the Oriental Morning Daily that the attacker turned on his colleague with a long knife after an argument and “hacked crazily at him dozens of times” even after the victim fell to the floor.
The attack, of course, takes place at an incredibly sensitive time of heightened security following the mass stabbings carried out by described “Xinjiang separatists” at the Kunming Railway Station earlier this month, in which 29 people were left dead and 140 more injured by masked assailants wilding long knives.
At least four of the attackers were shot dead at the scene within seconds while one female suspect was apprehended. Police later announced that three other suspects had been arrested in connection to the attack.