An attack on a kindergarten left six people dead and one injured in Lianjiang in southern China, a spokeswoman for the municipality said on Monday (July 10th).
Among the seven victims are “a teacher, two parents and three students (…) and a suspect was arrested”, she said, without being able to immediately give details on the age or identity of the victims, or the type of weapon used. According to several Western media, it was a knife attack led by a 25-year-old man.
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The attack took place around 7:40 a.m. local time in the city of Lianjiang, located in Guangdong province, according to state-backed news outlet China News Network. China prohibits its citizens from owning firearms. But stabbing attacks have increased in recent years in the country.
Deadly attacks specifically targeting schools have taken place across the country, prompting authorities to step up security around schools. In August 2022, a stabbing attack on a kindergarten in southwestern Jiangxi province left three people dead and six injured.
An individual armed with a knife attacked a nursery school in Beiliu, in the south of the country, in April 2021, killing two children and injuring 16 people.
In April 2018, an individual killed nine college students as they left their school in Shaanxi province (north). The man, sentenced to death and executed in the months that followed, said he acted out of revenge after being the victim of harassment when he was a student at the same college.
In January 2017, a man armed with a kitchen knife injured 11 children in a kindergarten in the autonomous region of Guangxi (south).
It was also armed with a large kitchen knife that in May 2010, a 48-year-old man killed seven children and two adults, and injured at least 20 people in a kindergarten in northern China. This tragedy occurred after a series of four similar knife or hammer attacks, perpetrated by madmen claiming to be frustrated in their professional or emotional life.
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