'Knifeman' arrested after 20 children attacked at primary school in Beijing

'Knifeman' arrested after 20 children attacked at primary school in Beijing

By Own Correspondent| At least 20 children inside a Beijing primary school have been wounded following an attack by a male labourer, Chinese authorities have said.

The Xicheng district government said in a post on its Weiboaccount that three of the children suffered heavy injuries and were in a stable condition. All the children were taken to the hospital and expected to survive.

The suspect was apprehended at the scene and an investigation has been launched, according to reports.

The suspect, surnamed Jia, was a contractor hired by the school for daily maintenance work.

Parents waited outside for their children as the school day ended.

Local police also said on Weibo the attack took place at Xuanwu Normal Experimental Affiliated Number One Primary School just after 11:15am (local time).

Though the school was discussing another job posting for Jia, he used a hammer and attacked students to "vent his resentment", they said.

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Earlier in a WeChat discussion one parent claimed: "The attacker. used a hammer-like weapon to hit the children's skulls one by one, before he was stopped by the PE teacher".

The Xicheng government did not give other details of the attack, but posts on social media said the children suffered knife wounds to the head.

The school, founded in 1908, has 2,537 students and 199 teaching personnel, according to its website.

Last October, a 39-year-old woman was arrested after hurting 14 children in a knife attack in Chongqing, a city in southwestern China, as students returned to class after morning exercises outside.

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

In November 2018, five people were killed when a auto was driven into a crowd of children outside a kindergarten in the northeast of the country.

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