Seven children and a teacher were killed and 20 children hurt in China school knife attack, the latest in a string of attacks on the country’s youngest pupils. It is the fifth violent assault on school children in less than two months in China, and comes despite a government push to boost security in and around schools across the country, triggered by the recent spate of attacks.
The attacker struck at about 8am local time, just as the school day was about to start at a Nanzheng County school in Hanzhong city in Shaanxi province, the state Xinhua news agency said.He wounded 20 more children before turning the knife on himself. It is the fifth violent assault on school children in China in less than two months. The injured children were taken to the Hanzhong Hospital No. 3201 for treatment.One doctor quickly described the chaos. “Doctors just rushed back to fetch some tools and I saw they had tears in their eyes,” she told The Times newspaper. “The children are seriously injured. It’s very tragic. I don’t know how many are sent to our hospital. At first I heard seven or eight. A lot of parents are in the hospital and I must go to comfort them now,” she said.
Late last month shocked the nation several similar attacks on young children raised fears about possible copycat attacks. In Shandong province, in eastern China, a farmer attacked children with a hammer, injuring five, before fatally setting himself on fire on April 30.The day before, a disgruntled jobless man hurt 29 children and three adults with a knife used to slaughter pigs in an attack at a kindergarten in the eastern city of Taixing, in neighbouring Jiangsu province.Earlier the same week, a 33-year-old teacher on sick leave because of mental ill health hurt 15 students and a teacher in a knife attack at a primary school in southern China’s Guangdong province.
Also last month, a 42-year-old doctor, was executed in neighbouring Fujian province for the murders of eight children as they waited in line for classes to start at their elementary school on March 23. Five were seriously hurt in the attack, which shocked China. In the light of this wave of attacks, authorities across China started bringing in measures to strengthen security at schools, increasing police patrols near school grounds, and boosting the monitoring of people known to be mentally ill.