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Knifeman stabs 20 children in attack at Chinese primary school

Knifeman stabs 20 children in attack at Chinese primary school

The police added that the three most seriously wounded pupils were in a stable condition, but their injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

At least 20 children were injured at a primary school in China's capital Beijing following a knife attack.

But according to footage seen by the South China Morning Post, the headteacher told parents: "A worker at our school attacked 20 students in a first-floor stairwell".

The government said the suspect had been apprehended at the scene and an investigation has been launched. A native of northern Heilongjiang province, Jia was employed through a labor service company to perform daily maintenance work at the school.

All the harmed children were receiving hospital treatment.

Though the school was discussing another job posting for Jia, he used a hammer and attacked students to "vent his resentment", they said.

Conflicting social media reports claimed the attacker used a knife or hammer during the ordeal and the children had suffered knife wounds to the head.

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The school, Beijing No. 1 Affiliated Elementary School of Xuanwu Normal School, was founded in 1908.

About six police cars were parked outside a hospital near the school, according to a Reuters witness.

A doctor at the hospital posted on social media: "The mayor today came to the hospital to wait with us while the children were being medically treated".

Police in Xicheng, a major district of Beijing, declined to comment when reached by phone.

But a series of knife and axe stabbing sprees have taken place in recent years, often at schools.

In January 2017, a man in southern China stabbed and wounded 12 children with a vegetable knife.

In November 2018, five people were killed when a auto was driven into a crowd of children outside a kindergarten in the northeast of the country.