20 children injured in attack at Chinese primary school

Frederick Owens
January 8, 2019

A man has been arrested after 20 children were attacked at a primary school in Beijing.

The police statement added that the three most seriously wounded pupils were in a stable condition, but their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

All the harmed children were receiving hospital treatment.

Police in the Xicheng district of the city said in a statement on Weibo that they had detained a 49-year-old male suspect surnamed Jia, who was a former fix worker at the school.

Authorities gave few details but there were posts on social media indicating the children had suffered wounds to their heads. His contract was set to expire this month and had not been renewed.

"To vent his discontent, Jia used his work hammer to hurt the students during a class break", China Central Television, the state broadcaster, reported.

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The attack happened at Xuanwu Normal Experimental Affiliated Number One Primary School in Beijing's Xicheng district, local police said on their official Weibo account.

A report by the Press Association alleged that the 49 year male attacker, Jia, from northern Heilongjiang province, was employed through a labour service company to carry out maintenance work at the school.

"The children were attacked while they were doing exercises on the school running track". According to the school's website, it has 2,537 students and 199 teaching staff.

In April last year, a 28-year-old man killed nine middle-school students as they were returning home in one of the country's deadliest knife attacks in recent years.

In January 2017, a man in southern China stabbed and wounded 12 children with a vegetable knife.

In November, a driver rammed his vehicle 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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