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Man executed for slashing children
Updated: 2004-11-25 15:41

A man who slashed 25 children with a kitchen knife at a grade school in eastern China was executed Wednesday, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Jia Qingyou, 36, had appealed his sentence at the Shandong High Court, but it upheld the original ruling, saying the Sept. 20 crime was "especially cruel and the results were especially serious," Xinhua reported.

Jia also held a 9-year-old girl hostage for an hour before he was captured by police.

Xinhua earlier said Jia was the father of a girl at the school in Ying County. He had a quarrel with another local resident and looked for the person at the school when he dropped his daughter off.

When he couldn't find the person, he began attacking the children with a kitchen knife. Twenty-five children were wounded in the attack.

"The method of committing the crime was especially vile and caused great harm to society," the high court was quoted as saying in its Nov. 4 ruling.

In the worst recent school violence, an employee with a history of schizophrenia killed one student and slashed 14 children and three teachers on Aug. 4 at a Beijing kindergarten.

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