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World in brief: Man stabs 31 at kindergarten

Thu., April 29, 2010

Beijing – A knife-wielding man wounded 28 children and three adults today at a kindergarten in eastern Jiangsu province, the second such violent assault at a Chinese school in two days.

Five of the students were in critical condition in the hospital, said Zhu Guiming, an official with the propaganda department in Taixing city.

The attacker was a 47-year-old local man, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The violence was the latest in a string of attacks on young children at Chinese schools. On Wednesday, a man broke into a primary school in Guangdong province in southern China and wounded 15 students and a teacher in a knife attack.

The rampage Wednesday in Leizhou city came on the same day as another assailant was executed for killing eight children last month in stabbings that shocked China.

Xinhua said no other details were known in the latest case in Jiangsu.

Troops open fire on protesters

Bangkok, Thailand – Thai troops fired rifles and threw tear gas at a crowd of anti-government protesters riding motorbikes down a busy expressway Wednesday, blocking their effort to take the demonstrations that have paralyzed central Bangkok into the suburbs.

The hours-long confrontation killed one soldier – apparently from friendly fire – and wounded 18 other people as it transformed the suburban streets into a battle zone.

The bloodshed Wednesday was the first violent confrontation in nearly a week, and protest leaders accused the government of leading the nation to the brink of civil war.


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