Knife stabbing at a kindergarten in China: Man arrested after three are killed

Police said the suspect, identified as Liu Xiaohui, 48, fled to a mountainous area in a neighboring county after the attack, prompting more than 1,000 police to search.

Liu was arrested 12 hours later at 10:50 pm local time Wednesday, police said in a statement Thursday.

It is not clear if there are any children among those killed and injured, as the identities of the victims have not been released.

However, education ministry officials in Jiangxi demanded an urgent effort to “treat injured children in a timely manner and comfort the families of the victims.”

Schools in the area called for “better campus security.”

“All schools in all regions should work with public safety (and) other agencies to immediately and comprehensively conduct a serious investigation and address potential security issues on campuses, including kindergartens,” the ministry said, adding that schools with “ insufficient security of staff or insufficient security measures” will be closed until the end of the summer semester.

Violent crime in schools is rare Chinabut not unheard of.

Two children were killed in April 2021 when a man with a knife entered a kindergarten in the southern region of Guangxi, which borders Vietnam. Two teachers and 14 other children were injured. Local police said the suspect, a local resident, suffered from schizophrenia.

In 2020, a knife attacker injured 37 children and two adults at another school in Guangxi.