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2/8/2019 7:38:03 PM

15 killed in Chinese New Year knife rampage and arson attack in China

Fifteen people were killed in China on the night of the Chinese New Year in two family tragedies, after one man started a fire and another went on a knife rampage.

Violent crime has been on the rise as the Chinese economy has boomed in recent decades and the gap between rich and poor has widened rapidly. (Photo: AFP/Patrick Baz)

As people celebrated to welcome in the Year of the Pig Monday night, a man surnamed Lu set fire to the home of his brother in the northern province of Shaanxi, killing seven, according to police in the town of Baoji.

The brother, his wife, their fathers and their three children died in the blaze, police said on the Twitter-like Weibo platform.

A few hours after the incident police arrested the suspect, who had just tried to kill himself.

During the same night, a man surnamed Guo, who suspected his wife of adultery, stabbed eight people to death and injured seven in a village in the northwest province of Gansu, according to police in the commune of Baiyin.

The man, aged 49, has been arrested. The identities of the victims have not been released./.

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