14 Sep '11, 5am
Axe-wielding man in China kills 4 people, including a child, near kindergarten in Henan province
BEIJING (AFP) - A farmer with mental health problems killed six people, two of them children, with an axe as they made their way to a kindergarten in China on Wednesday, the local government and media reports said. The incident is the latest in a series of violent assaults on children involving people with suspected psychiatric problems in China, which experts have blamed on rapid social change as the country's economy booms. The 30-year-old attacker carried out the deadly assault in Henan province's Gongyi city, in central China, early Wednesday morning, the city government said in a statement. One child and three adults were killed on the spot, while the other child and one more adult died of their injuries in hospital, Gongyi local authorities said in a statement. 'According to locals, the suspect Wang Hongbin has a history of mental health illness,' it said.