Attacker hurts 20 children with hammer at Beijing school

Arturo Kim
January 9, 2019

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A male attacker injured 20 children Tuesday inside a primary school in China's capital, officials said.

All the wounded children are receiving hospital treatment and are in a stable condition, The South China Morning Post reports.

Three of the children have serious but non-life-threatening injuries after the attack, which took place on Tuesday at around 11:20am.

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 man is a maintenance worker at the school and his contract is due to expire at the end of January, police said.

A tweet by the Global Times said a hammer was used to carry out the assault.

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

"I was terrified", said a man who identified himself by the surname Xie. His grandson is a second-grader at the school. "It would be fine if he attacked us old people, but kids are young and innocent, and they don't know how to defend themselves".

Such incidents have forced authorities to increase security around schools and led to calls for more research into the root causes of such acts.

Then in June, two students from a leading private primary school in Shanghai were killed in a knife attack on their way home.

Last April, nine people were killed outside a middle school in north-western China, allegedly by a former student seeking revenge for bullying.

In November, a driver rammed his vehicle into a group of children crossing a street in front of an elementary school in northeastern Liaoning province, killing five people and injuring at least 19.

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