Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Knife-wielding woman injures 14 children in China kindergarten attack

Knife-wielding woman injures 14 children in China kindergarten attack

A woman has stabbed or slashed 14 children with a kitchen knife at the gate of a kindergarten in Chongqing, southwest China, according to police.

The attacker was a 39-year-old woman only identified by her surname, Liu, the local police said on China's version of Twitter, Weibo. Police said the assailant was unemployed and carried out the attack "to take revenge on society".

Videos circulating on social media show injured children being led out of the school, some with knife wounds on their faces.

The attack at the Xinshiji Kindergarten in the outskirts of Chongqing occurred around 9.30 am local time, when the children were returning to their classes.

China has faced a string of unrelated knife attacks in schools and kindergartens over the last few years.

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

"The deputy mayor and the municipal public security bureau chief Deng Huilin quickly rushed to the scene to direct the investigation", the force said.

The use of knives for crime is common, because there is much strictness on gun controls in China.

Chinese law restricts the sale and possession of firearms, and mass attacks are generally carried out with knives or homemade explosives. Nine students were killed at a middle school in Shaanxi province in April by a 28-year-old man who was later sentenced to death.

A spate of killings of school children in 2010 prompted a response from top government officials and leading many schools to add gates and security guards.

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