September 9, 2015 / 7:28 AM / 3 years ago

Court officials stabbed in central China in latest knife attack

BEIJING (Reuters) - A man stabbed and wounded four court officials in central China on Wednesday, a newspaper said, in the latest of a series of attacks that have unnerved the country.

The man carried out the attack at a court in Shiyan in Hubei province after concealing a knife in a newspaper and was promptly arrested, the Chutian Metropolitan Daily said.

One of those stabbed was in critical condition, it added. Police were investigating.

Public sensitivity to knife attacks in China has been heightened by a series of attacks, including a mass stabbing at a train station in March 2014 in the southwestern city of Kunming that left 31 dead.

Authorities blamed that attack on separatist militants from the restive western region of Xinjiang.

Violent crime is rare in China, compared with many other countries, but there has been a series of knife and axe attacks in recent years, many on school children.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie

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