On Wednesday, three people were killed and six others were injured in a knife attack at a kindergarten in southeast China’s Jianxi province.
A “gangster wearing a cap and mask” stormed the private kindergarten in Anfu county at about 10:00 am local time (0200 GMT), police said in a statement published on China’s Twitter-like Weibo.
They added that the 48-year-old suspect is still at large, confirming that “public security organs are making every effort to hunt down the suspect.”
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The victim’s age has not been released.
Mass violent crimes are rare in China, which strictly prohibits its citizens from owning firearms, but there have been several mass stabbings in recent years.
Fatal knife attacks specifically targeting kindergartens and schoolchildren have occurred across the country, carried out by people who are said to want revenge on the community.
Last April, two children were killed and 16 others injured when a knife-wielding man entered a kindergarten in southern the country.
More recently, four people were injured in a stabbing at a major Shanghai hospital last month before a knife-wielding attacker was shot and subdued by police.
Six people were also killed and 14 injured after a man was stabbed by passersby on a pedestrian shopping street in the eastern Chinese city of Anqing in June last year.