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Report: 1 dead after China cleaver attack

By the CNN Wire Staff
A policewoman helps a schoolgirl in Beijing on Tuesday -- China has introduced a range of measures to combat attacks on pupils.
A policewoman helps a schoolgirl in Beijing on Tuesday -- China has introduced a range of measures to combat attacks on pupils.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 30-year-old woman died in an attack by a man with a cleaver, says China Daily
  • Attacker jumped to death from three-story building, according to Guangzhou Daily
  • A witness said attacker targeted women, especially young women
  • It was the latest of several attacks in China by assailants with knives or cleavers
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Beijing, China (CNN) -- One person has died from injuries sustained in an attack by a man with a cleaver who injured five others before committing suicide, according to state-run news reports in China.

A 30-year-old woman died about noon Monday, according to the China Daily newspaper. One of the victims was released from hospital on Monday, the paper said, and the others were in stable condition, according to hospital officials.

The newspaper identified the man only by his surname, Xie.

The attack occurred about 7 p.m. Sunday (7 a.m. ET) in a market in Foshan, Guangzhou province, according to the report. The man, thought to be about 20 years old, jumped from a three-story building and died, according to the Guangzhou Daily newspaper.

A witness said the man held a cleaver in his right hand and first rushed into a restaurant, striking a waitress on her shoulder before leaving and attacking another woman not far from the business, also on the left shoulder, Guangzhou Daily said.

The witness said the man targeted every woman he encountered, especially young women.

The victims included an 18-year-old woman who owned a take-out food shop, according to the Guangzhou Daily. The husband of a second victim told the newspaper his wife was shopping for groceries with him when she was attacked, sustaining an injury to her right shoulder.

It was the latest of several attacks in China by assailants with knives or cleavers.

Last week, a man was sentenced to death for attacking 29 kindergarten students and three teachers with a knife April 29, according to state media. The Taixing Intermediate People's Court found Xu Yuyuan, 47, guilty of intentional homicide after a half-day trial.

Also last week, a man with a kitchen cleaver hacked seven kindergarten students and a teacher to death at a school in northwest China before returning home and committing suicide, state media reported.