- The Washington Times - Friday, April 30, 2010

BEIJING | A jobless knife-wielding man injured 32 people, mostly children, at a kindergarten in eastern China Thursday in the country’s third school stabbing frenzy since last month.

All of the 29 children injured in the attack in the city of Taixing were in stable condition, a government official told Agence France-Presse.

The alleged assailant, 47-year-old Xu Yuyuan, burst into a classroom with an 8-inch knife and started stabbing the children, most of whom were just 4 years old, Xinhua news agency said.

Two teachers and a security guard who tried to stop the attack in Jiangsu province also were hurt. A motive for the attack has not been reported.

“A total of 32 people have been injured, 29 children and three adults,” the government official who gave only his surname, Zhu, told Agence France-Presse by phone. “Five people who were seriously injured are now in stable condition. No one has died so far.”

Photos on Chinese websites showed dozens of people gathered outside the school, many apparently parents frantically searching for their children.

The attack is the latest in a wave of random violence that underscores wrenching social change in China, where crime rates have risen steadily since the country began opening up socially three decades ago.

On Wednesday, Chen Kangbing, a 33-year-old teacher reportedly on sick leave with mental problems, injured 15 students and a teacher in a knife attack at a primary school in the city of Leizhou in southern China’s Guangdong province.

Reports said he was later arrested and all the injured were in stable condition.

That attack occurred just hours after authorities in Fujian province in the southeast executed former doctor Zheng Minsheng for stabbing to death eight children and injuring five others on March 23.

Zheng, 41, used a dagger to stab children in the neck, chest, stomach and back in the city of Nanping in a fit of rage and depression after a reported breakup with his girlfriend.

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