A school security guard injured at least 39 people in a knife attack at a kindergarten in southern China on Thursday morning, local time, state media reported.
The motive for the brutal attack remains unknown.
The attack was an eerie throwback to deadly attacks at schools in China over past years that prompted security upgrades and that authorities have blamed largely on people bearing grudges or who had unidentified mental illnesses.
The local government in the Guangxi region’s Cangwu county said 37 students and two adults suffered injuries of varying degrees in the attack.
Chinese state media identified the attacker as a 50-year-old security guard at the school surnamed Li. The suspect had been detained while an investigation was underway, they said.
State broadcaster CCTV said 40 had been injured, three seriously, including the head of the school, another security guard and a student.
According to the state-owned English language outlet Global Times, 37 of the victims suffered minor injuries and two were badly injured. None of the injuries were reported to be life-threatening by local government officials.
More than 40 school staffs and students sustained injuries in a knife attack at a primary school in Wuzhou, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Thursday morning: local government pic.twitter.com/xu2EQZdze2— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) June 4, 2020
In earlier attacks, a woman wielding a knife injured 14 children at a kindergarten in the western city of Chongqing in October 2018.
Almost 20 children were killed in school attacks in 2010, prompting a response from top government officials and leading many schools to add gates and security guards.
Chinese law restricts the sale and possession of firearms, and mass attacks are generally carried out with knives or homemade explosives.
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