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Chinese teen kills eight in knife attack: reports

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A teenager has been arrested after
killing eight people and wounding
five others in a knife attack in
northeast China, state media reported
Thursday. The 17-year-old, which was identified
only by his surname Li, barged into
the home of his girlfriend armed with
a knife following an argument and
killed two relatives of the girl, the
Legal Daily said. As he left his girlfriend's home in
Liaoning province's Xinbin county, he
stabbed six more people to death
and wounded five, it said. He was arrested at the scene of the
attack, late on Wednesday night, and
was taken into custody, the official
Xinhua news agency reported. No other details were immediately
available. Calls made to local
authorities and police in Xinbin
county went unanswered. Violent crime has been on the rise in
China in recent decades as the
nation's economy has boomed and
the gap between rich and poor has
expanded at an alarming rate. Experts say the increase in assaults
shows that China is paying the price
for focusing on more than 30 years of
economic growth while ignoring
problems linked to rapid social
change. Studies have described a rise in the
prevalence of mental disorders in
China, some of them linked to stress
as the pace of life becomes faster and
socialist support systems wither. However, authorities stress that
murder, which carries the death
penalty, remains far less common
than in most Western countries.

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