Knife attack at central China elementary school; 8 children injured
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, May 20, 2014 7:19AM EDT
BEIJING -- A Chinese man with a kitchen knife attacked first- and second-graders at a school in central China on Tuesday, injuring eight children, local authorities said.
The government of Macheng city in Hubei province said the man, identified as 35-year-old Chen Zuihang, was detained following the attack. It said on its website that police were investigating the motive.
The statement said the injured students were being treated at a hospital.
China has suffered a series of attacks on kindergartens and grade schools, often by people who are mentally ill or are angry at society.
Last month, a group of eight knife-wielding men slashed at students on their way home, killing one student and injuring two in the northwestern city of Ankang.
Last year, a man injured six pupils and one parent with a kitchen cleaver in the southern city of Maoming.
Education officials have ordered tighter security at schools throughout the country.