20 children injured in China primary school attack

Police at the hospital where the injured children were treated

Police at the hospital where the injured children were treated

Three of the children have serious but non-life-threatening injuries after the attack, which took place on Tuesday at around 11:20am.

The suspect, surnamed Jia, was apprehended at the scene and an investigation has been launched, the statement said.

"A worker at our school attacked 20 students in a first-floor stairwell", the teacher said, as quoted by the South China Morning Post.

Police declined to comment by telephone when asked about the attack.

Other reports suggested that the attacker may have worked as a janitor at the school in the past.

Parents gather at an entrance gate to the Beijing No. 1 Affiliated Elementary School of Xuanwu Normal School following an attack in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Another video shows anxious parents forming a large crowd outside the school's entrance, demanding details.

"Everyone please keep calm". All the wounded children are receiving hospital treatment.

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Video has leaked onto Chinese social media of school administrators attempting to explain details of the attack to a group of concerned parents.

"At the moment, if we have not called you, your child should be safe".

A doctor at the hospital posted on social media: "The mayor today came to the hospital to wait with us while the children were being medically treated. Nurses are rushing in and out of the operation rooms".

In April last year, a 28-year-old man killed nine middle-school students as they were returning home in one of the country's deadliest knife attacks in recent years.

Violent attacks targeting schoolchildren are not uncommon in China, which has seen a number of deadly incidents over the past few years, usually involving knives.

In October, a 39-year-old woman stormed a kindergarten in Chongqing, southwest China, injuring 14 kids with a kitchen knife.

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