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Man stabs, kills two kindergartners at school in Guangxi; 16 people injured

By ZHAO YIMENG | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2021-04-30 09:53

Two children were killed and 16 others injured in a knife attack at a kindergarten in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region on Wednesday afternoon, according to local authorities.

As of 10 pm Wednesday, two of the wounded were undergoing operations while the remaining victims were receiving treatment at a hospital in Beiliu city, Xinhua News Agency reported. Two teachers were among the injured.

An expert team was creating customized therapy treatment for patients, and medical workers have started to conduct psychological intervention for conscious patients, local authorities said.

A man allegedly initiated the attack at around 2 pm in Jianle Kindergarten in Beiliu's Xinfeng township, according to the city's publicity department.

Police have arrested the suspect, a 24-year-old man living in Guannan village in Xinfeng, ThePaper.cn said, adding that the suspect may have mental problems.

Police were still investigating the incident on Thursday.

A video released by a local TV station showed that hundreds of Beiliu residents lined up to donate blood after the incident.

The Ministry of Education announced on Wednesday night that it will take urgent action to comprehensively enhance security at kindergartens and primary and middle schools nationwide.

The circular released on its website said the nature of the case was extremely bad, and it triggered serious condemnation from the public. The ministry has called for accountability and has instructed provincial education bureaus and related departments to do their utmost to treat the victims.

"Schools across the country should strengthen campus security measures, enhance protection at their gates and step up campus patrols," the circular said.

"Proper registration of outsiders and inspections of vehicles and materials must be improved to prevent lawbreakers and dangerous goods from entering the schools," it said. It also urged all schools to launch thorough inspections to eliminate potential safety hazards.

The ministry asked schools to organize emergency evacuation drills and lessons that focus on urgent violent incidents to increase students' awareness and self-protection capabilities.

Further, "schools should better train teachers to improve their ability to protect students," it said.

The Ministry of Public Security dispatched a work team on Thursday to Guangxi to aid the investigation of the case.

"Public security departments at all levels should launch inspections of safety risks in kindergarten, primary and middle schools. Measures will be taken to enhance security in schools to safeguard students and teachers, as well as social stability," the ministry said.

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