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Young Man Executed By Firing Squad For Killing 9 Children (Pics)

A young man has been executed by a firing squad after he was convicted of stabbing nine pupils to death. He was executed yesterday in China for killing the schoolchildren and wounding a dozen others in a stabbing spree, according to a court.

Knife-wielding Zhao Zewei, 28, assaulted a
group of pupils in April in a revenge attack outside the Number Three Middle School of Mizhi County, north-west China’s Shaanxi Province.

Zhao was convicted of intentional homicide and sentenced to death in July by the Yulin Intermediate Court in Shaanxi Province.

The news came less than a week after a nanny convicted of arson was executed in east China’s Hangzhou; and three months after two drug dealers were sentenced to death in front of hundreds of people in south China’s Haikou before being put to death immediately.

According to China’s Xinhua News Agency, Zhao was executed by shooting.

In a statement issued by Yulin Intermediate Court today, Zhao was executed in the morning on an execution ground in Mizhi County.

Footage released by Sina News apparently shows villagers crowding on the side of the road as they watch police cars escorting Zhao to the execution ground.

The footage also appears to show a team of officers in distance on a grassland which was cordoned off. It is suggested to be the execution ground by a villager who shot the video.

According to Daily Mail, the court said Zhao had not appealed against the death sentence.

It also said the death sentence had been reviewed and approved by the Shaanxi High People’s Court and the Supreme Court of China.