Eight schoolchildren killed in China

Eight schoolchildren killed in China

A man reportedly armed with a meat cleaver murdered eight children as they arrived for their first day of school. Another attack on elementary school children, this time in Hubei province, left eight children dead on September 3, 2019, Chinese police said.

The injured children were taken to a local hospital where they received treatment, but their condition remains unknown.

A 40-year-old male suspect is now in custody and is being investigated, the New York Times reported.

The suspect was taken into custody at the scene.

Yesterday was the first day of the new semester in China when pupils went back to class after a two-month-long summer break.

Local media report the attack occurred in Enshi City, Hubei Province on Monday morning. The authorities have not yet revealed the names or ages of the victims who lost their lives.

According to state-run tabloid Global Times, the local government is providing psychological counseling services to the students who witnessed or were injured in Monday's attack.

Students at an elementary school in Beijing were also attacked earlier this year.

In April 2018, nine students were killed and others injured after a male suspect began attacking students in Shaanxi province. In October, at least 14 children at a kindergarten in Chongqing were slashed by a woman with a kitchen knife.

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