Chenggu axe massacre

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Chenggu axe massacre
Location Chenggu County, Hanzhong, Shaanxi, China
Date June 23, 1998
Attack type
Mass murder
Weapons Axe
Deaths 9
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrator Yang Mingxin

The Chenggu axe massacre was a mass murder that occurred in Chenggu County, Hanzhong, Shaanxi, China on June 23, 1998, when Yang Mingxin, a 39-year-old local farmer, killed nine people, and wounded three others with an axe.

Yang, who was described as reticent, had refused to sell ten stolen geese for another farmer named Guo Baoning, and when the owner of the geese later caught him, Guo suspected Yang had informed on him. After a heated argument between the two, during which Guo threatened to kill Yang's family, Yang armed himself with an axe and hacked twelve villagers between 4 months and 71 years of age. Unable to locate Guo he eventually tried to commit suicide by drinking insecticide and hanging himself, but was rescued and brought to a hospital.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Axe-wielding China farmer kills 9 in goose row (August 17, 1998) webarchive-link
  2. ^ 9 killed over geese, The Tribune (August 18, 1998)
  3. ^ Axe-wielding China farmer kills nine in goose row, Reuters (August 16, 1998)