Knifeman wounds 10 children outside China primary school

The BBC is reporting that a knife-wielding attacker yesterday stabbed 10 children outside a primary school in southern China before killing himself.

Two of the children were seriously hurt in the attack in Hainan province but their injuries are not life-threatening, reports said.

They were walking out of the school in Haikou when the man attacked them.

China tightened security at schools after a spate of similar attacks about five years ago.

Six boys and four girls were targeted by the attacker, who was identified only as a 45-year-old man. State media reported that no motive had been established for the attack.

Similar attacks in the past have generally been attributed to people with personal grudges or suffering from mental health problems.

However Chinese leaders have also acknowledged that underlying social tensions have contributed to the crimes.

Correspondents say rapid social change and the inability of an antiquated hospital system to cope with rising levels of mental illness may be factors…

Because of tight restrictions on gun ownership in China, knives and cleavers are the most commonly used weapons in mass attacks…

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