Knife attack on kindergarten in China kills six; suspect arrested


A 25-year-old man was suspected of attacking a kindergarten in China’s Guangdong province on Monday, killing six people and wounding one, police said.

Media reported that the attack in Lianjiang County was a knife attack.

The suspect, surnamed Wu and from Lianjiang, has been arrested, police said, adding that they were conducting an investigation.

Further details were not initially known.

Some media reported that both adults and children were among the victims.

Although violent crimes are rare in China due to strict gun laws and high security measures, there have been several stabbings in kindergartens in recent years.

In August last year, three people were killed and six injured in a knife attack at a kindergarten in Jiangxi province.

In 2021, a man killed two children and injured 16 others at a kindergarten in the southwestern Guangxi region.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on July 10, 2023 after killing six people and injuring another at a kindergarten in southeast China.
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The latest news sparked a heated debate on social media platform Weibo.

At 1:50 p.m., it was the best-selling discussion with 290 million views.

Some social media users called for the suspect to be sentenced to death.

“It’s outrageous to do this to children who have no power at all. How many families are being destroyed by this…I support the death penalty,” said one Weibo user.

Another user questioned the safety of schools, especially after similar previous attacks.

“Why do cases like this still appear?”

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