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4 doctors, patient injured in attack

A MAN seized in a southern China hospital on suspicion of attacking four female doctors and a patient on Saturday afternoon with a knife was reportedly once a patient treated by the injured medicos.

The Wuyi Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital in Jiangmen City of Guangdong Province yesterday said the four doctors were stable and receiving treatment.

The suspect, 38, was the younger brother of the hospital's canteen operator, Guangzhou-based Information Times said yesterday.

Yu Shangzhen, doctor of the hospital's cerebral surgery department, had tendons severed on the right arm and ribs broken in the attack, while her colleague Xuan Xiaoyan from the renal department had her right hand severed.

The three other victims suffered knife wounds on shoulders or arms.

Yu and Xuan underwent surgery, according to the Information Times.

The suspect was wearing a motorcycle helmet when he waved a kitchen knife from an observation room on the second floor of the outpatient building, witnesses said.

He rushed into the room and shut the door to make his attack, said a care worker surnamed Liu.

Chased by hospital security guards, the suspect broke into a therapy room on the sixth floor and hid there.

Surrounded by guards outside, he refused to give up and injured a 69-year-old male patient surnamed Ye.

Police officer Qin Suran was receiving treatment in the room at the time.

With Qin's assistance, the suspect was forced into a room next door. Qin then snatched the knife from the suspect and subdued him.


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