BEIJING — A former doctor with a history of mental illness hacked eight children to death with a machete Tuesday and injured five others at a primary school in southeast China, state media reported.
The attacker was identified as Zheng Minsheng, a 41-year-old who had worked at a community clinic until June, Xinhua news agency quoted the local government in the city of Nanping as saying.
Zheng attacked the children at the entrance of the school as they arrived in the morning, it said.
He was eventually restrained by passers-by and school security guards before police arrested him. No possible motive was given.
Three children died at the scene and five others succumbed to their injuries in hospital. The five who survived were said to be in a stable condition, the report said, without giving any ages or other details.
The school in Fujian province, which has more than 2,000 students, was closed after the incident.
Classes were to resume Wednesday and 20 psychologists had been assigned to help students and teachers with possible post-traumatic stress, Liao Hanren, deputy head of the municipal education bureau, was quoted as saying by Xinhua.
Although crime rates have risen in China since it began opening up three decades ago, violent crime remains rare compared to Western countries.
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