15 Killed in Stabbing Rampage and Fire on Lunar New Year in China

© Provided by AFP 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

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

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.