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Man with knife slashes 3 children, killing 1 in southern China, police say

BEIJING — A man with a kitchen knife killed a 1-year-old boy and injured two other children Monday in the southern Chinese city of Zhongshan near Hong Kong, police said.

The 23-year-old man attacked the children in a rented room in Zhongshan, a police statement said. A 10-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy were injured.

The attacker, identified by only his surname Chen, was captured by police, the statement said. It gave no motive or other details.

China has suffered a series of knife attacks, often on children. Some suspects are mentally ill but other attacks are blamed on disputes over land, business deals and other issues.

In May, a man who police said had a dispute with his neighbors fatally stabbed seven people in a village in the central province of Henan. In April, eight men slashed at students on a street in the northwestern city of Ankang, killing one and injuring two others.

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