Suicidal farmer firebombs hurt students
Updated: 2006-01-16 09:59
A farmer in east China's
Anhui Province threw a flaming gasoline-filled bottle into a classroom on
Saturday morning, injuring 24 students and teachers.
The man then committed suicide by jumping from a third-story window. He died
on the spot.
At 6:35am, the farmer, Li Guosheng, forced his way into the No. 2 Dongzhi
Middle School in Anhui's Dongzhi County.
He flung the flaming bottle into the classroom where teachers were
supervising students preparing for exams.
The classroom is on the third floor of the Art Building.
The injured were hospitalized and in stable condition, according to
At 9:30am on Saturday, Chizhou City Party Secretary Tong Huaiwei and Mayor
Xie Dexin went to Dongzhi County and asked local departments to investigate the
case and try to calm the students and their families.
Tong and Xie also went to the hospital to visit the injured. No one was in
Staff said yesterday the school had returned to normal.
Li was a farmer at Qingshan Town, in Dongzhi County of Chizhou City.
Some reports said he committed the crime because of personal grudges, but no
details were available about his motivation.
The case is still under investigation.
In the past two years, China has suffered several grisly attacks at schools
and kindergartens, often blamed on personal grudges or people with psychiatric
On the morning of December 3, 2004, a man forced his way into the central
primary school in Mingcheng Town, Panshi City, in northeast China's Jilin
Province, and wounded 12 students with a knife.
The man was captured by the school security guards and public security
Five boys and seven girls were wounded, but all recovered.
Reports at the time said the man suffered from psychiatric problems and had
hurt others 10 years before.
A five-year-old boy and his teacher were killed at a Beijing kindergarten in
October, 2004. The boy's body was found in a washing machine.
In September, 2004, a man with a knife and homemade bombs attacked 28
children in a kindergarten in Suzhou, in east China's Jiangsu Province. No one
In August, 2004, a janitor stabbed 15 children and three teachers at a
Beijing kindergarten, killing one.
In May, 2004, a 28-year-old villager armed with two kitchen knives slashed 15
primary school students and two local residents at a school in Dangchang County,
No deaths were reported.