Knifeman stabs 20 children in attack at Chinese primary school

Geneva Stokes
January 9, 2019

A 49-year-old man has injured 20 children with a hammer inside a primary school in China's capital, officials say.

Local police said that three of the students were seriously injured but were not in life-threatening condition.

Four of the children suffered skull fractures that required surgery, a hospital representative told reporters.

The suspect, surnamed Jia, was apprehended at the scene, the statement said.

Jia, who was hired through a labor service company, worked at the school as a contract maintenance worker.

A relative escorts a child from an elementary school where an attack took place in Beijing.

Earlier, there were conflicting reports over what weapon was used, if one at all.

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The attacker, originally from northeastern Heilongjiang province, had been detained by police and an investigation was under way, state television said.

According to cellphone video taken by a parent at a school briefing following the incident and seen by Sixth Tone, all of the students are second-graders.

Outside the school gates Tuesday afternoon, parents who were there to pick up their kids said they had received little information about the attack.

Many schools in China have beefed up security following violence against students and family members.

Last April, nine people were killed outside a middle school in northwestern China, allegedly by a former student seeking revenge for having been bullied.

"I heard that children were attacked (by someone) with a knife, so I'm very anxious", said a woman surnamed Zhou as she waited for her child to finish school.

In November, a driver rammed his auto into a group of children crossing a street in front of an elementary school in northeastern Liaoning province, killing five people and injuring at least 19.

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