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Man attacks children with hammer-like object in Chinese primary school; 20 hurt

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

A disgruntled former of a primary school armed with a hammer-like weapon attacked and injured 20 children, three of them seriously, officials said, 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, a former at the school who was angry after he failed to pass his probation, used a hammer-like weapon to hit the children's skulls one by one, Hong Kong-based Morning Post quoted a former school maintenance surnamed Liang as saying.

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

The suspect has been brought under control, police said.

According to some reports, it was a knife attack. However, some parents said over that the man hit the students with a hammer-like object on their heads.

"The children were attacked while they were doing exercise on the school's running track.

"The attacker was standing nearby and used a hammer-like weapon to hit the children's skulls one by one, before he was stopped by the PE (Physical Education) teacher," report quoted a parent as saying.

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 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.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 15:50 IST