BEIJING – A knife-wielding man went on a slashing rampage in a kindergarten in eastern China, leaving three children and one teacher dead, area residents reported today.
The unidentified assailant entered the school in a suburb of Zibo in Shandong province at about 4 p.m. Tuesday as parents were picking up their children, according to people living nearby contacted by telephone.
A woman who works in a restaurant opposite the school said the attacker was a man, age 27 or 28, who had gained entry to the school by posing as a parent.
About 20 children and staff were injured, two of the children seriously, local residents said.
China has suffered a spate of gory rampage attacks on schools and in public spaces, leaving dozens of people dead and scores wounded.
The Zibo killings came just two days after a man in the Hebei province went on a rampage at the wheel of his earthmover, smashing vehicles and buildings and leaving 17 dead.
Other recent killings include a May 12 attack on a kindergarten in the Shaanxi province that killed seven children and two adults and the wounding of 29 children at a kindergarten in the Jiangsu province in April.
The seemingly unrelated attacks have prompted calls for more attention to mental illness and ignited fears over the toll stress is taking on the nation.