Three children killed in China school stabbing
Six others injured, including a teacher, in knife attack at primary school in Shiyan, Hubei province
Agence France-Presse in Beijing
theguardian.com, Monday 1 September 2014 10.46 BST
A man has stabbed three children to death and wounded six others, including a teacher, at a primary school in China.
The man, named Chen, died after jumping from a building shortly after the attack in Shiyan, Hubei province, according to Xinhua news agency.
Six people have been taken to hospital, the agency said, adding that two were seriously injured.
Chen carried out the attack because he could not enrol his child at the school, local broadcaster Shiyan Television said on Sina Weibo, a microblogging website.
A police official declined to provide further information on the incident, saying: "Police officials are at the school investigating."
Xinhua said it was not immediately clear how Chen entered the premises. "Security at many schools has been tightened after a spate of attacks*1 on children in recent years," it said.
They include five incidents in 2010 that killed 17 people – 15 of whom were children – and wounded more than 80.
In March, a man killed two relatives and stabbed a further 11 people, including six children, outside a school in Shanghai.
This summer police in Qianjing, near Shiyan, killed a suspect after an attempted attack on a primary school.
Monday was the first day of the new school year in much of China.
*1:Associated Press “Chinese children injured in knife attack outside primary school” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/dec/14/chinese-children-knife-primary-school