Wednesday 16 October 2019

Woman injures 14 children in kindergarten knife attack

 

Police officers are seen outside the gate of a kindergarten where a woman armed with a kitchen knife attacked children in Chongqing, China. Photo: Reuters
Police officers are seen outside the gate of a kindergarten where a woman armed with a kitchen knife attacked children in Chongqing, China. Photo: Reuters

Dean Gray

A knife-wielding assailant injured 14 children at a kindergarten in the western Chinese city of Chongqing yesterday, police reported.

The attacker, a 39-year-old woman, was taken into custody and no motive for the assault was given.

Police said the attack at the Xinshiji Kindergarten in the city's outskirts took place at 9.30am as the children were returning to classes.

It said all were receiving treatment in a hospital.

Footage on social media showed injured children walking to ambulances from the school gate, with some being placed on gurneys.

China has suffered a number of such incidents in recent years, blamed largely on the mentally ill or people bearing grudges. Chinese law restricts the sale and possession of firearms, and mass attacks are generally carried out with knives or homemade explosives.

Irish Independent

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