7 killed in north China arson attack amid family dispute
BEIJING (AP) — Police in northern China say seven people were killed earlier this week in an arson attack linked to a family dispute, the second such act of violence in the country within days.
The dead included a couple surnamed Lu, their three children and Lu’s father and father-in-law.
Lu’s younger brother has been arrested after attempting to kill himself, with police suspecting he set fire to the family home in Shaanxi province’s Long county early Tuesday.
China closely regulates firearms, making attacks with knives, fire and homemade explosives the most common means of violence.
Police in the northwest said Wednesday a man who suspected his wife of committing adultery was accused of killing eight people and injuring seven others with a knife in a drunken rage.
Police in Baiyin, identified the suspect as a 49-year-old, identified only by the surname Guo.
China also suffers from occasional outbreaks of mass random assaults, including knife attacks on school children and attacks on pedestrians by people who drive their vehicles up on sidewalks or into parks.
Many are blamed on the mentally ill or people bearing grudges, although some of the violence has been committed by separatists from the northwest region of Xinjiang.