Eight killed in China kindergarten attack; murderer commits suicide

17:35, May 12, 2010      

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Medical workers take an injured child to ICU at 3201 Hospital in Hanzhong City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, May 12, 2010. At least eight were hacked to death and 20 others injured in a violent attack at a kindergarten in Shaanxi Province at about 8 a.m. Wednesday morning. The murderer has killed himself and the injured have been rushed to hospital. (Xinhua/Wu Tianchang)

A 48-year-old man killed seven children and a teacher at a kindergarten in a village in northwest China's Shaanxi Province Wednesday, and committed suicide afterwards, local authorities said.

The deadly rampage took place at about 8 a.m. at the privately-run kindergarten in Linchang Village, Shengshui Township of Nanzheng County, when villager Wu Huanmin hacked students and teachers using a kitchen cleaver, the Shaanxi Provincial Emergency Office said in a statement.

Five boys, two girls and a female teacher Wu Hongying, a villager who ran the kindergarten, were among the dead, the statement said.

In addition, 11 children and an adult were injured, and they have been rushed to hospital. Two children were reported to be in serious condition.

Wu Huanmin returned home after the killings and committed suicide, the statement said.

His motive for the attack was not immediately known.

Zhao Leji, Party chief of Shaanxi, ordered local authorities to go all out to save the injured and strengthen campus security in the province.


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