Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

20 injured as ‘staff member’ attacks children at primary school in China

20 injured as ‘staff member’ attacks children at primary school in China

Some parents claimed on social media that around 20 children had been injured, although there were conflicting reports about whether a hammer or a knife had been used in the attack.

Police in the Xicheng district of the city said in a statement on Weibo that they had detained a 49-year-old male suspect surnamed Jia, who was a former fix worker at the school.

However, all the children are receiving hospital treatment and an investigation has been launched.

Three children suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, the Xicheng district government said on its social media account. His contract was set to expire this month and had not been renewed.

However, Jia was upset about the arrangement and used his hammer to attack students during class, ' the statement read.

Parents and family members escort their children just outside the gates of an elementary school in Beijing following an attack on January 8.

A man rides with a student past crime scene investigators as they leave the Beijing No. 1 Affiliated Elementary School of Xuanwu Normal School in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

Police in Xicheng, a major district of Beijing, declined to comment when reached by phone. According to the school's website, it has 2,537 students and 199 teaching staff.

Stabbing attacks on primary schools and children's daycare centers have become more common in China in recent years.

In October, a 39-year-old woman stormed a kindergarten in Chongqing, southwest China, injuring 14 kids with a kitchen knife.

Then in June, two students from a leading private primary school in Shanghai were killed in a knife attack on their way home.

In November, a driver rammed his auto into a group of children crossing a street in front of an elementary school in northeastern Liaoning province, killing five people and injuring at least 19.

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