Police officers in southeast China’s Jiangxi province was arrested a 48-year-old man on Wednesday suspected of carrying out a deadly knife attack at a private kindergarten in Jiangxi’s Anfu County that day that killed three people and injured six others, China’s state Global Times mentionted.
The newspaper cited an initial report by China’s official state news agency, Xinhua, which confirmed on August 3 that authorities had arrested a suspect in the kindergarten stabbing. Police said the suspect, surnamed Liu, is a resident of Anfu County.
A man, now believed to be Liu, “stormA private kindergarten in Anfu County at about 10:00 AM. local time on August 3 and stabbed teachers and toddlers, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.
Authorities have not yet released the names or ages of the stabbing victims.
“[I]It cannot be confirmed that at least one child was injured in the attack Global Times reported on August 3.
“In addition, information circulating on Sina Weibo [China’s version of Twitter]which has not yet been confirmed by the authorities, indicates that the attacker used a knife to stab several children at the kindergarten, almost all of them under the age of six, and some children are still hospitalized,” according to the state-run newspaper.
“In a video of the scene shared by the state-run Beijing Daily, a police officer is seen carrying a tiny child in his arms into an ambulance,” Agence France-Presse reported.
“Mass violent crime is rare in China, which strictly prohibits citizens from owning firearms, but there have been a number of mass stabbings in recent years,” the news agency noted on Wednesday.
“Deadly attacks specifically targeting kindergarten and school students have occurred across the country, by individuals who allegedly wish to take revenge on society or because of grievances with colleagues,” Agence France-Presse noted.
A knife-wielding assailant in his 50s stabbed teachers and students at a primary school in Cangwu County in southern China’s Guangxi region in June 2020.
The local government said in a statement at the time that “37 students suffered minor injuries and two adults were more seriously injured. All of them were sent to a hospital for treatment and their lives are not in danger.”
Authorities later identified the assailant as a school security guard and was convicted death for intent to commit murder, although all of his stab victims survived the incident.
“A knife-wielding man killed two people and injured two others at a primary school in the central province of Hunan last April », AFP reminded in June 2020 when he reported on the Cangwu County school stabbing.
“In April 2018, a man killed nine high school students as they were walking home, in one of the deadliest knife attacks seen in China in recent years,” the news agency further recalled.