AT least 14 children have been injured after a woman armed with a kitchen knife stormed a kindergarten in China and began slashing and stabbing the youngsters.
The suspect attacked children as young as three as they returned from morning exercises with their teacher about 9.30 a.m. on October 26.
The knife horror unfolded at the gate of Xinshiji Kindergarten in Banan District of China’s southwestern city of Chongqing.
The children were taken to hospital where many were in a serious condition. Some news outlets in China claimed that two of the youngsters had died.
The 39-year-old woman, identified only by her surname Liu, was arrested at the scene after being restrained by guards and staff at the kindergarten.
Police are currently investigating and no motive has been given for the attack.
The female suspect reportedly told police that she was mistreated by the Chinese government, according to local media.
Distressing video footage posted on social media showed mutilated children around three or four years old being led away from the nursery school.
The suspect, a 39-year-old woman named as Liu, allegedly charged her victims with a knife at about 9.30 a.m. local time.
She is said to have randomly slashed and hacked the Yudong Xinshiji Kindergarten pupils, resulting in serious injury.
The children and their teacher were returning to class following exercise outside.
In the aftermath, distressing footage shows bloodied young boys and girls being ushered out the front gate while stunned adults gather around.
One little boy appears to have had his cheek sliced open while a little girl has her face covered in blood.
District police said the assailant was subdued by school staff and security personnel.
Another clip shows one of the children being treated in hospital.
The boy can be heard crying while doctors attend to him.
Video shows a female suspect being led away from the scene by two police officers.
The woman, dressed in red, is repeatedly punched and kicked as she is led away by the authorities.
The motive behind the woman’s alleged attack is still unknown as further investigations continue.
Violent crime is rare in China compared with many other countries, especially in major cities where security is tight, but there has been a series of knife and axe attacks in recent years, many targeting children.
Such attacks are often blamed on people with mental illness or who have personal grievances.
Knives are most commonly used, because gun controls are extremely strict in China.
In September, China executed a man convicted of killing nine students and injuring 11 in a knife attack at a middle school in the central province of Shaanxi.
Zhao Zewei was killed by firing squad over the rampage at his former school.
The 28-year-old launched the revenge attack because he was angry over his “misfortunes” in life, including being bullied at the school when he was younger, a court said.
China does not release official figures for the number of people it executes every year, but human rights groups estimate that it executes more people than all other countries combined.