Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Children injured in Beijing primary school attack in China

Children injured in Beijing primary school attack in China

The assailant who attacked 20 students at a primary school in Beijing on Tuesday is a repairman who had been sent to work at the school, according to state broadcaster China Central Television.

Three children were reported to be seriously injured but stable.

Video has leaked onto Chinese social media of school administrators attempting to explain details of the attack to a group of concerned parents.

The man is a maintenance worker at the school and his contract is due to expire at the end of January, police said.

However, Jia was upset about the arrangement and used his hammer to attack students during class, ' the statement read.

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

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".

Outside the school gates Tuesday afternoon, parents who were there to pick up their kids said they had received little information about the attack. According to the school's website, it has 2,537 students and 199 teaching personnel.

In 2010, almost 20 children were killed in knife attacks outside school gates.

Violent attacks targeting schoolchildren are not uncommon in China, which has seen a slew of deadly incidents over the past few years, usually involving knives. In October last year, a 39-year-old woman was detained on suspicion of stabbing 14 children at a kindergarten in Chongqing.

Many schools in China have increased security in recent years following violence against students and family members.

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

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