Three dead, seven wounded in China supermarket stabbing

Elias Hubbard
June 5, 2020

The attack came hours after 39 pupils and staff were wounded in a knife attack at a rural primary school in south China's Guangxi region.

The incident at the Wangfu Central Primary School happened at 8:30am (00:30 GMT) when children would normally arrive for class.

A parent who was near the scene of the attack told the Paper that numerous injured children were about 6 years old.

The attack was an eerie throwback to deadly attacks at schools in China over past years that prompted security upgrades and that authorities have blamed largely on people bearing grudges or who had unidentified mental illnesses.

Guangxi's regional education department said all schools, including kindergartens, will employ professional security guards by the end of this year.

The 40 people injured in the attack are being treated at Wuzhou city hospital and various health centres in Wangfu. The students were not badly hurt but the two adult victims - the school principal and another security guard - were seriously injured.

A video by Xiaoxiang Morning News shows doctors and nurses attending to at least 10 pupils with bandages on their head and bodies, and helping them to leave the school building.

There was a long queue of anxious parents waiting in front of the Wangfu government clinic.

A bystander told me a man with a knife is attacking the school. The suspect had been detained while an investigation was underway, they said.

Knife attacks by disgruntled people have been taking place in different parts of China in the past few years, reported news agency Press Trust of India.

The attackers targeted mainly kindergarten and primary schools besides public transport to vent their anger.

China has seen several attacks on schoolchildren in recent years, with 8 children killed in a similar attack in Hubei province last year.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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