Man burns himself in fresh China school attack

A man burned himself to death after injuring five children with a hammer at a kindergarten, Chinese media reported on Friday.

Man burns himself in fresh China school attack

A man burned himself to death after injuring five children with a hammer at a kindergarten, Chinese media reported on Friday.

Two children were pulled away from the man after he poured gasoline and set himself on fire at a kindergarten in Weifang, in coastal Shandong province, Xinhua News Agency said. All five injured students were in stable condition, it added.

The third attack in three days at a Chinese school, and the fifth in recent weeks, comes as the Chinese government is tightening security before the May 1 opening of the World Expo in Shanghai, China's glitzy financial hub.

The attacks have taken place in busy provincial cities, far from the gleaming skyscrapers and international offices of China's wealthiest urban centres.

On Thursday, a 46-year-old owner of a copy store stabbed 29 children, two teachers and a security guard at a kindergarten in Taixing, Jiangsu Province, a few hours upriver from Shanghai.

Nearby shopkeepers overwhelmed him in the schoolyard by hitting him with a fire extinguisher, they told Reuters.

"When we went in, all the children were frozen, they didn't react at all. Some were standing, others lying down or sitting on the floor," said clothing shop owner Shan Aijun.

"They didn't react at all. Their necks and heads were covered in wounds."

"Fears of copycat assaults"

The number of school attacks has led to fears of copycat assaults. They have also prompted public calls for more measures to protect students in a country where many couples only have one child.

In Taixing, the crowd gathered in a busy street jammed with motorcycles muttered angrily about local corruption and the length of time it took the police to get to the school.

"What I want to ask is why it took the police so long to get to the scene form the moment they were alerted. We have already checked it out -- to walk to the police station from here only takes six minutes," said the irate father of an uninjured child.

"I want to ask why the police aren't protecting people's safety."

The attacker's motivation was "to take revenge on society", Xinhua reported.

The former insurance salesman had been fired from a series of jobs, for fighting or false claims, and had recently been cheated by the co-owner of one of his shops, Xinhua said.

"He appeared very normal, not very fierce. Really quite normal. But he had the knife in his hand. He said 'Whoever comes near, I'll stab you to death'," said restaurant owner Hu Xudong.

On Wednesday, a former doctor was executed for killing eight school children in Fujian province in March.

On the afternoon of his execution, a former teacher stabbed 16 students and a teacher at a primary school in southern Guangdong province.

The Ministry of Education set up a panel this week to handle "emergency public incidents." Police sent guards to schools to ensure safety in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, local media reported on Friday.


Reuters

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