At least 39 injured in knife attack in Chinese kindergarten

At least 39 injured in knife attack in Chinese kindergarten

BEIJING – At least 39 people were reportedly injured in a knife attack in a kindergarten in southern China on Thursday morning. The motive is unknown.

The attack has been a frightening comeback against fatal attacks at schools in China over the past years and has led to security upgrades, and officials have accused people of largely hatred or unidentified mental illnesses.

The local government in Cangwu district in Guangxi district said 37 students and two adults were exposed to varying degrees of injury in the attack.

Chinese state media identified the attacker as a security guard at the school named Li. The suspect said he was detained while the investigation was in progress.

State publisher CCTV said 40 people were seriously injured, including the school principal, another security guard, and a student.

In previous attacks, a woman using a knife injured 14 children in a kindergarten in western Chongqing city in October 2018.

In 2010, about 20 children were killed in school attacks and provided the response of senior government officials and led many schools to add gates and security guards.

Chinese law restricts the sale and possession of firearms, and mass attacks are usually done with knives or homemade explosives.

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