"After a preliminary investigation the suspect named Zhu, 35, from Xihua County in Henan Province, confessed to injuring people in order to satisfy personal grievances", police said.
Three men and 10 women were sent to hospital after the attack and one woman died of her injuries, police said. The other injured are not in danger.
In a video posted on Twitter, shoppers were seen running towards an exit, and a trail of blood was left behind by an injured man.
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The attack reportedly took place in the Xidan district during lunchtime on Sunday, not far from Zhongnanhai, the headquarters of the Communist Party and the Chinese government. Other clips showed people being rushed away on gurneys and a large number of uniformed police in the mall. The measures are security in the big cities are very serious, but in recent years there have been a series of attacks with knives or axes, many of them against children, Reuters noted.
Violations are known to often happen using knives or homemade bombs in China, for the Chinese law prohibits owning or trading any handgun.