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Mass Killings with Weapons Other Than Guns

Mass Killings with Weapons Other Than Guns
 (Summer 2019)

  1. Japanese studio burned [1] (33 murdered):

“By the time the fire was doused, 33 people had died and three dozen had been injured, shocking a nation considered one of the world’s safest. The blaze appeared to be its worst mass killing in decades, and prompted a global outpouring of grief, especially among fans of anime — a school of animation that has become synonymous with Japan.”

  1. Mexican arson massacre [2] (28 murdered):

“Anger remained high Thursday as relatives began the slow, tearful task of mourning and burying the 28 people who died horrendously when gang members set a bar on fire [3] after blocking its exits…. ‘The justice system is upside down in Mexico,’ [Miguel Angel] Ortiz said. ‘Those who carry illegal weapons go free.’”

  1. Chinese knife attack [4] (8 murdered):

“Eight students of a primary school in central China were killed and two others injured in a brutal knife attack carried out by an ex-convict, state-run media reported on Tuesday, in the third such assault on school children this year.”

  1. California stabbing spree [5] (4 murdered):

“A man ‘full of anger’ stabbed, slashed and robbed his way across two Southern California cities in a bloody rampage that killed four people and wounded two others who were apparently targeted at random, authorities said.”

  1. Dishonorable mentions from the past:

* 2,996 murdered with utility knives and airplanes [6] (September 11, 2001)

* Up to 500 murdered [7] with machetes (Nigeria)

* 168 killed with fertilizer and a truck [8] (Oklahoma City)

* 87 killed with matches and gasoline [9] (Bronx)

* 86 run over and murdered by a truck [10] (Nice, France)

* 50 killed in coal mine knife attack [11] (China)