Hammer attack at Chinese primary school leaves 20 children injured

Knifeman stabs 20 children in attack at Chinese primary school

An alleged disgruntled worker used his hammer to attack 20 children inside a Beijing primary school Tuesday before officials were able to end the rampage and arrest him.

Of the 20 children taken to hospital, three were reported to have been seriously injured, although their condition was stable, according to the local government. All the children were taken to the hospital and expected to survive.

The Xicheng district said it would work together with other government authorities to carry out a full investigation.

Posts circulating on social media earlier said that some children suffered knife wounds to the head. His contract was set to expire this month and had not been renewed.

The primary school, Beijing No. 1 Affiliated Elementary School of Xuanwu Normal School, was founded in 1908.

A clip of a meeting between school staff and parents circulated on social media, in which parents were told a "school worker" had carried out the attack.

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"The details are still not clear", wrote one parent on WeChat.

According to cellphone video taken by a parent at a school briefing following the incident and seen by Sixth Tone, all of the students are second-graders.

Violent crime is rare in China but there has been a series of knife and axe attacks in recent years, many targeting children.

In October, a 39-year-old woman stormed a kindergarten in Chongqing, southwest China, injuring 14 kids with a kitchen knife.

Two children were also stabbed to death outside a Shanghai kindergarten in June, while nine children died in a knife attack at a school in Shaanxi province in April.

In November, a driver rammed his auto 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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