AT LEAST two people have been killed and a further 23 wounded following a knife rampage at a hospital in southwest China.

The attack took place in Zhenxiong County People’s Hospital in Yunnan province’s northeast, state media report.

Images from inside the hospital captured a man holding a knife as another attempts to defend himself


Images from inside the hospital captured a man holding a knife as another attempts to defend himself

The nature of the attack remains unclear but is said to have taken place at 1.20pm local time (5.20am GMT).

“The incident occurred at a local hospital and as of 1:20 pm (0520 GMT)… more than ten people have been wounded or killed,” state news agency Xinhua said.

The outlet described it as a “vicious assault”.

An online post from Guizhou province television citing unnamed authorities, however, has since confirmed that two had died and 23 people were injured.

The death toll is expected to rise as a result of many people being wounded in the attack.

One witness who narrowly escaped the attack told Red Star News that one or more doctors were among the injured.

According to a Guizhou TV post, a suspect has since been arrested.

“Multiple videos from the scene also show a suspect being apprehended by police in a [nearby] wellness center,” the outlet reported.

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In CCTV images published by the state-run news site The Paper, a man can be seen holding a knife in the hospital lobby.

Another man stands in front of him and appears to be holding a stick or a pole in order to defend himself.

One local resident told The Paper: “It happened around 11 in the morning… it’s still a bit chaotic, they’re still determining the numbers.”

Footage posted online shows panicked patients and hospital staff attending to victims of the stabbing spree.

Many were bleeding heavily and had fallen to the ground.

Separate videos captured police officers arriving at the scene and apprehending a man outside the hospital.

Authorities are currently investigating the incident.

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