Death Toll in Chinese School Stabbing Climbs to 9

The assailant was remanded

Seven schoolchildren have reportedly been killed and another 12 injured after being attacked by a knife-wielding man near their school in north-west China.

The attack happened around 6:10 p.m. outside a school in the town of Mizhi in Shaanxi province, China Daily reported.

The assailant sought to "take revenge against the school and society", a police source said.

The suspect named surname Zhao has been detained and victims have been hospitalised.




The injured children are receiving treatment.

In February, a knifeman killed a woman and injured 12 others at a Beijing shopping centre. The 28-year-old chose to take his anger out on the current students - killing five girls and two boys, whose ages were unknown.

He said made a decision to take a dagger and kill people on Friday because he hated his classmates.

China tightly restricts private gun ownership, making knives and homemade explosives the most common weapons in violent crimes. There have been several such knife attacks in the populous country in recent years, per USA Today. In 2010, a spate of stabbings prompted the government to tighten security at schools, installing gates and cameras and training security guards to fend off attackers.

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