Knife-wielding Woman Slashes 14 Kindergarten Pupils

At least 14 children have been injured after a woman armed with a kitchen knife stormed a kindergarten in China and began slashing and stabbing the youngsters.

The suspect attacked children as young as three as they returned from morning exercises with their teacher about 9.30am local time on Friday morning.

The knife horror unfolded at the gate of Xinshiji Kindergarten in Banan District of China’s southwestern city of Chongqing.
The children were taken to hospital where many were in a serious condition. Some news outlets in China claimed that two of the youngsters had died.

The 39-year-old woman, identified only by her surname Liu, was arrested at the scene after being restrained by guards and staff at the kindergarten.

Police are currently investigating and no motive has been given for the attack. The female suspect reportedly told police that she was mistreated by the Chinese government, according to local media.
Distressing video footage posted on social media showed mutilated children around three or four years old being led away from the nursery school.

In the aftermath, distressing footage shows bloodied young boys and girls being ushered out the front gate while stunned adults gather around.

One little boy appears to have had his cheek sliced open while a little girl has her face covered in blood.

District police said the assailant was subdued by school staff and security personnel.

The motive behind the woman’s alleged attack is still unknown as further investigations continue.

Violent crime is rare in China compared with many other countries, especially in major cities where security is tight, but there has been a series of knife and axe attacks in recent years, many targeting children. Such attacks are often blamed on people with mental illness or who have personal grievances.

Knives are most commonly used, because gun controls are extremely strict in China.
In September, China executed a man convicted of killing nine students and injuring 11 in a knife attack at a middle school in the central province of Shaanxi.

Police are currently investigating and no motive has been given for the attack. The female suspect reportedly told police that she was mistreated by the Chinese government, according to local media.

(Daily Mirror)

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