20 in­jured in Bei­jing school at­tack

Asian Journal - - OPINION EDITORIALS -

Bei­jing: A dis­grun­tled main­te­nance worker at a pri­mary school here at­tacked and in­jured 20 stu­dents with a ham­mer on Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

The at­tack took place at the Bei­jing No.1 Af­fil­i­ated El­e­men­tary School of Xuanwu Nor­mal School in Xicheng dis­trict just after 11.15 a.m., the po­lice said on their of­fi­cial Weibo ac­count.

They said the 49-yearold man, sur­named Jia, was a con­tract worker in charge of main­te­nance at the school. His em­ploy­ment con­tract was due to ex­pire at the end of Jan­uary, and the school and labour dis­patch com­pany were dis­cussing the ar­range­ment of Jia’s new po­si­tion, Xin­hua news agency re­ported. In a bout of fury, Jia at­tacked the stu­dents us­ing a ham­mer he worked with. He was caught at the scene and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent was un­der­way.

The po­lice state­ment added that three stu­dents were se­ri­ously in­jured but were in a stable con­di­tion.

“The chil­dren were at­tacked while they were do­ing ex­er­cises on the school run­ning track. The at­tacker was stand­ing nearby and used a ham­mer-like weapon to hit the chil­dren’s skulls one by one, be­fore he was stopped by a teacher,” said one par­ent on Wechat.

The at­tack came after a Chi­nese man was ex­e­cuted on Fri­day for in­jur­ing 12 chil­dren in a knife at­tack at a nurs­ery in the coun­try.

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