39 children, staff wounded in knife attack at China kindergarten

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 4th, 2020 2:01 pm

A knife-wielding school security guard wounded 37 children and at least two staff members in an attack at a kindergarten in southern China Thursday morning, Chinese state media reported.

The violent attack carried out by the 50-year-old security guard occurred around 8:30 a.m. local time at the Wangfu Central Primary School in the city of Wuzhou.

One parent, who wished to remain anonymous, described the experience:

"Around 8:30 a.m., I heard loud screams and cries from the school, as I live nearby. I rushed to the school and saw some of pupils running out," the parent said. "A bystander told me a man with a knife was attacking the school. I rushed in to get my boy out. Fortunately, my son was just a bit shaken but not hurt."

Local authorities reported that eight ambulances were dispatched to the school and all victims were being treated at Wuzhou city hospital and other area health centers for non life-threatening injuries.

"Thirty-seven students suffered mild injuries and two adults suffered more severe injuries. All of them were sent to a hospital for treatment, and none of their lives are in danger," the local government said.

The Beijing News reported that several of the children suffered knife wounds to their heads, shoulders, and arms.

State broadcaster CCTV reported that 40 had been wounded, including the school principal and another security guard.

The suspect has been detained by local police for questioning. The motive for the attack is still under investigation.


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