A woman in China slashed the faces of at least 14 kindergarten students with a knife adults around looked on aghast before the school’s security guards restrained the woman, who is now in police custody. The attack happened in Chongqing, south-west China.
Police say the 39-year-old woman, identified only by her last name Liu, entered the school in Banan district on Friday morning, wielding a knife, as the children were returning to class after morning exercises, about 9:30 a.m. local time, according to CNN and the BBC.
Videos on Chinese social media showed small children bleeding from severe cuts to their faces at the entrance of the school as shocked adults looked on. Video from the scene also appeared to show angry onlookers trying to beat up and kick the woman after she was brought under control.
A local resident, Xia Yang, said the attack had stunned people in the city, with a population of some 30 million people.
Other local residents said the kindergarten lacks a playground for the children, and they have to use a public park for their morning exercises.
72It happened when the children were entering the school gate ... The attacker just ran at them with a knife. The teachers were dumbstruck
BBC adds that the motive for the attack is unclear, though some reports on social media say the attacker nursed a grievance against the government. Police are still investigating.
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