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Man attacks children with hammer in Chinese primary school; 20 injured

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

A disgruntled former of a primary school armed with a hammer attacked and injured 20 children, three of them seriously, officials said Tuesday, the latest such incident in

The attack at the Number One Primary School in Beijing's district took place just around noon, said.

The suspect, the school's former repair who was angry after he failed to pass his probation, hit the children's skulls one by one using a hammer, Hong Kong-based Morning Post quoted a former school maintenance surnamed Liang as saying.

Police in the district said in a statement on that they have detained the 49-year-old male suspect surnamed Jia.

Jia was a from province whose contract ended at the start of the year, and police suspect that the attack was motivated by the anger at having his employment terminated, report said.

Several of the students were rushed to the intensive care unit of the nearby following the attack.

Three of the children have serious but non-life-threatening injuries, quoted police as saying.

The children were attacked while they were doing exercise on the school's running track. The attacker was standing nearby. He was stopped by a Physical teacher, report said.

Video footage posted on the showed dozens of angry parents demanding details from staff. They were repeatedly urged to stop filming by the head

A said "a worker at our school attacked 20 students in a first-floor stairwell. It is not like what everyone is saying, he did not use a knife," the report said.

A doctor posted on social media: "The today came to the hospital to wait with us while the children were being medically treated. We have paused several operations to save all the children".

A hospital bystander said: "Police have tightened security at Children's Hospital and Nurses are rushing in and out of the operation rooms".

A man has been detained on suspicion of carrying out the attack, report said.

Attacks on kindergarten schools and civilians in malls by disgruntled people have become common in lately.

In January 2017, a slashed and injured 12 children with a knife at a kindergarten in Youyi town, Pingxiang city. Four children were seriously injured while eight others received minor injuries.

The attacker was executed on Friday, the said Monday.

In October last year, a woman was detained on suspicion of stabbing 14 children at a kindergarten in In June, two children were stabbed to death outside a kindergarten. Nine children died in a knife attack at a school in province in April.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 18:10 IST