26 Oct 2018

Woman's knife attack on kindergarten children in China

8:25 pm on 26 October 2018

At least 14 children have been injured in a knife attack at a kindergarten in Chongqing in south-west China.

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A photo posted on Twitter of the knife attack in a kindergarten in China. Photo: Twitter

Police say a 39-year-old woman carrying a kitchen knife entered the school in Banan district as the children were in the playground today.

The motive for the attack is unclear, though some reports on social media say the woman had a grievance against the government.

The woman, whose surname was given as Liu, was arrested at the scene.

Video circulating on social media shows injured children being led out the school - some of them appear to have knife wounds to their faces.

Other footage appears to show police taking the alleged attacker away.

Police have denied media reports that two children died, using social media to urge people not to pass on "rumours".

Violent crime is relatively rare in China, but it has faced a string of unrelated knife attacks in school and kindergartens in recent years.

They have usually been carried out by people seeking revenge against officials or individuals, or by people suffering from mental health problems.

In April, nine middle school students died when a 28-year-old man attacked them as they were on their way home.

He reportedly claimed he had been bullied at the school as a child. He was executed in September.

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