Man stabs, wounds 6 in western China, kills self

AP News
Posted: Apr 19, 2011 12:23 AM

A man stabbed and wounded six people in China's far west before killing himself by slitting his throat, a news report and a local official said Tuesday.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the man, who was in his 20s, attacked six people with a knife and scissors in Kashgar city in Xinjiang, a region rocked by ethnic violence in recent years.

An official from the Xinjiang Public Security Department confirmed that the attack happened Monday evening and that the man committed suicide after he was approached by police. The official did not identify the man or give any other information. As is common with many Chinese officials, she refused to give her name.

All six of the victims were hospitalized, including a junior high school student who was in serious condition, Xinhua said.

It said five bottles suspected of containing marijuana were found in the man's pockets.

No reason was given for the attack and it was not known whether it was connected to the recent ethnic unrest. In 2009, nearly 200 people in the region were killed in fighting between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese.

Calls to Kashgar government, Communist Party and police offices all rang unanswered Tuesday.