Man goes on rampage, stabs 22 kids in China

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 11:39 hrs

Beijing: A knife-wielding man slashed 22 children and an adult at an elementary school in central China on Friday, state media reported, the latest in a series of attacks on schoolchildren in the country.

The man attacked the children at the gate of a school in Chenpeng village in Henan province, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Police said they arrested the suspect, 36-year-old villager Min Yingjun, Xinhua reported. It did not give further details of the extent of the injuries.

The attack happened at around 7.40 a.m. at the entrance of Chenpeng Village Primary School in Wenshu township in the city of Xinyang, a police officer said.

There have been a series of attacks on schools and schoolchildren around China in recent years, some by people who have lost their jobs or felt left out of the country's economic boom.

The rash of violence has prompted public calls for more measures to protect the young in a country where many couples only have one child.

In 2010, a man slashed 28 children, two teachers and a security guard in a kindergarten in eastern China.

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