Four children killed in knife attack at creche
Published 30/04/2010 | 05:00
CHINA was in shock after a man killed four children and injured another 25 in the third attack on a kindergarten in a month.
The unemployed man carried out the assault after locking the doors of a classroom in the eastern city of Taixing as lessons began in the morning, stabbing two teachers and a security guard who tried to stop him.
It came less than 24 hours after another knife-wielding man injured 15 primary school pupils and a teacher in Leizhou, in the south of China.
The attacks may have been provoked by an incident at a school in the eastern province of Fujian in March that left eight children dead.
Parents across China fear a wave of killings could be unleashed in a country where many families have a single child.Xu Xuyua (47), a former insurance salesman fired from his job in 2001, broke into Taixing's Central Kindergarten just after 9am after the children had completed their morning exercises and had filed into class.
Wielding an 8in blade, he forced his way past an elderly porter before locking himself inside a ground-floor first grade classroom in the school's south block. One witness, who works in a shop in the alley next to the school, said she had rushed to the scene after hearing screams.
"I pushed into the building and I saw teachers carrying out wounded children. One girl had a deep gash in her head and her face was covered in blood," she said. "In the corridor I saw a teacher and a child lying motionless on the floor. I went into shock."
Chen Xuefang, (36) said her three-year-old son had been slashed across his throat. "When I got to the school, the police told me I had to go to the hospital."I rushed over and started searching the wards. Finally I caught sight of him being wheeled into a lift," she said."I screamed out his name, and I think I saw his head move, but the doctor told me he was in a very serious condition. I do not know when I will see him."
Five children, were said to be in a critical condition. (© Daily Telegraph)