Suspect in school knife attack 'feared end of the world

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The suspect in a knife rampage that left 23 students and an elderly woman wounded on Friday was influenced by rumors that the world was about to end, a local government report said.

Suspect in school knife attack 'feared end of the world'

A mother weeps as she looks at wounds her son, Wei Xiang, suffered during a knife attack on Sunday in Guangshan county, Henan province. [Photo: China Daily]

Min Yongjun, earlier identified by authorities as Min Yingjun, 36, a villager from Wenshu township in Guangshan county in Central China's Henan province, is being questioned after the students at a primary school and an 85-year-old woman living nearby were slashed on Friday morning.

Min told police he attacked the children after hearing rumors about the end of the world, said a report the county government released on its website on Monday. The report also said Min has epilepsy.

According to some readings of the Mayan calendar, the world will end on Dec 21. Police nationwide have warned people to be wary of "end of the world" scams.

The Guangshan county people's procuratorate confirmed on Monday that Min has been arrested for endangering public security.

Earlier, government reports said 22 students were injured, but police found another student had escaped and run home after being stabbed, the government website said.

Rao Mingsheng, director of Guangshan county health bureau, said on Monday none of those wounded is in critical condition. Four of them have serious injuries.

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