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Hammer attack at Chinese primary school leaves 20 children injured

Violent attacks targeting schoolchildren are not uncommon in China Violent attacks targeting schoolchildren are not uncommon in China
Leonard Rios | 09 January, 2019, 00:08

Twenty primary school students in Beijing have been injured in an attack at their school by an unidentified man, say officials in China.

The Xicheng district government said in a post on its Weiboaccount that three of the children suffered heavy injuries and were in a stable condition.

All the harmed children were receiving hospital treatment.

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

"A worker at our school attacked 20 students in a first-floor stairwell".

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

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".

Tuesday's attack took place at Beijing No 1 Affiliated Elementary School
Tuesday's attack took place at Beijing No 1 Affiliated Elementary School

Earlier in a WeChat discussion one parent claimed: "The attacker. used a hammer-like weapon to hit the children's skulls one by one, before he was stopped by the PE teacher".

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

According to cellphone video taken by a parent at a school briefing following the incident and seen by Sixth Tone, all of the students are second-graders.

Jia Liquan, 49, whose work with the school ended this month leaving him jobless, is understood to have attacked the children in the playground during break time.

In April, a stabbing outside a middle school in the northwestern province of Shaanxi saw seven students killed and 12 others injured.

In November, a driver rammed his vehicle 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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