China kindergarten stabbing: 6 dead in Liangjiang

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There has been another knife attack in China

Six people, including three children, were killed in a stabbing attack at a kindergarten in China’s southeastern Guangdong province.

Police said they arrested a 25-year-old man surnamed Wu in Lianjiang city.

The other victims were a teacher and two parents, AFP reported, citing a local city official. Another person was injured.

The attack happened at 07:40 local time on Monday (23:40 Sunday GMT).

The man was arrested around 08:00 and police said it was a “premeditated attack”.

A shop owner who works near the kindergarten told the BBC that the surrounding area had been sealed off.

The attack has sparked widespread conversation on Chinese social media platforms, with many users reacting with shock.

Violent crime is relatively rare in China, but there have been knife attacks at several schools in the country in recent years.

In August last year, three people were killed and six others injured when a knife-wielding assailant attacked a kindergarten in southeastern Jiangxi province.

Chinese authorities have tightened security around schools since 2010.

That year, the Ministry of Public Security urged local authorities to “resolutely crack down” on crime to ensure the safety of teachers and students.

After the April 2021 attack, the Ministry of Education also mandated emergency evacuation drills in schools.

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