China: 14 kindergarten children injured in knife attack

Hugh Fox
October 28, 2018

A woman armed with a kitchen knife has attacked children at the gate of a kindergarten in China's south-western city of Chongqing, injuring 14 of them, police say.

Ambulance cars take injured children to a hospital after several kindergartners were stabbed by a woman on Friday in Chongqing, China.

Mentioned by her surname, Liu, was arrested from the scene.

The children were going back to their classrooms from the playground at 9:30am when the attack took place.

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All victims have been hospitalized and receiving treatment, according to police. The videos showed small children bleeding from severe cuts to their faces at the entrance to the kindergarten as stunned adults looked on.

Violent crime is rare in China compared with many other countries, especially in major cities where security is tight, but there has been a series of knife and axe attacks in recent years, many targeting children.

The police were investigating the incident but did not disclose if it had discovered her motive.

The female attacker, aged 39 years old, was sent into police custody after being overpowered by the security guards and staff of the kindergarten school.

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Such assaults have been blamed largely on the mentally ill or people bearing grudges.

Friday's incident isn't the first time children in China have been hurt at school by people wielding knives.

Because China has strict gun laws, attackers often use knives or hammers to harm others, according to the AP.

In April, nine middle school students died when a 28-year-old man attacked them as they were on their way home.

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