Three people were killed and six others were injured on Wednesday in a knife attack at a kindergarten in southeast China’s Xianxi province.
Police said in a statement published on China’s Twitter-like Weibo, “a gangster wearing a hat and mask” entered a private kindergarten in Anfu County at around 10:00 a.m. (0200 GMT) local time. He said the 48-year-old suspect is still absconding.
“Public security organs are making every effort to trace the suspect,” the police statement said.
In a video of the scene shared by the state-run Beijing Daily, a police officer can be seen carrying a small child in his arms to an ambulance.
The age of the victims has not been announced.
Large-scale violent crime is rare in China, which strictly prohibits civilians from possessing firearms, but rampant stabbings have occurred in recent years.
And deadly knife attacks specifically targeting kindergarten and school students have occurred across the country, allegedly by people seeking revenge on society.
Last April, two children were killed and 16 others were injured when a knife-wielding man broke into a kindergarten in southern China.
More recently, four people were stabbed to death by police after he was shot and killed by police last month with a knife attack at a major hospital in Shanghai.
In June last year, six people were killed and 14 were injured after stabbing passersby on a pedestrian shopping street in the eastern Chinese city of Anqing.
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