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Children stabbed in Hunan school attack
Updated: 2004-10-08 08:43

A Chinese primary school teacher stabbed four children to death and wounded 12 pupils and four colleagues in the fourth attack of its kind in recent weeks, the Beijing News said yesterday.

After attacking the children in the grade one class, the 28-year-old briefly held 64 older pupils hostage, the daily said.

The bloodshed at the school in the central province of Hunan occurred last Thursday, a day before the week-long National Day holiday, and was over within 10 minutes, the paper said.

"Many classmates were too frightened to cry," one child was quoted as saying.

The suspect was arrested after negotiations with a county government official and all the hostages were freed, the newspaper said.

It named the suspect but gave no reason for the attack.

Last month, a Chinese bus driver stabbed and wounded 25 primary school children in the eastern province of Shandong, Xinhua news agency said.

A man wielding a knife and homemade bombs attacked 28 children in a kindergarten earlier in September in the eastern city of Suzhou, just outside Shanghai. No one was killed.

On August 4, a janitor wielding a kitchen knife stabbed 15 children and at least two teachers at a kindergarten in the capital, Beijing, killing one child.

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