At least seven students have been stabbed to death and 12 injured in a tragic knife attack outside a school in northern China.
The secondary school is located in Mizhi County in Shaanxi province, and the injured children are currently receiving treatment in a local hospital after the attack at 18.10 local time (10.10 GMT). The children are understood to have been heading home from school at the end of the day when they were attacked by the man wielding a knife and stabbing at them. Video footage shows some of the young students lying on the ground, and shocked onlookers standing to the side or trying to help. The suspect has been arrested and is in police custody.
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The propaganda department of Mizhi County in Shaanxi province has confirmed the attack, and the arrest of the suspect, on Twitter. The exact ages of the children have not been given but the school is understood to teach middle school children, typically aged between 12 and 15. There appears to be a growing number of knife attacks in China in recent years, leaving a large list of fatalities. This is one of a number of stabbings targeting schoolchildren in recent years, after unconnected attacks at Chinese schools between 2010 and 2012 which left 25 dead and over 100 injured. In China, the typical sentence for such an attack is execution. The country executed three men in March 2015 after they were found guilty of a savage knife attack at Kunming station, where 29 people were hacked to death and more than 100 others wounded. They had been convicted of murder and terrorism offences.
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