Man attacks China kindergarten with chemical, injures over 50 


At least 50 children and three teachers have been injured at a kindergarten in southwest China when a man attacked them with a corrosive liquid, state media reported Tuesday. 

According to state-run news agency Xinhua, the suspect a 23-year-old surnamed Kong climbed into the school in Kaiyuan city, Yunnan province, on Monday afternoon at 3.35 p.m. (0735 GMT) before spraying the victims with sodium hydroxide. 

The report said two of the victims were seriously wounded, although their injuries are not life-threatening,  

Police arrested the suspect, Kong less than an hour after the attack. 

“Because his parents divorced during his childhood, the lack of family warmth resulted in psychological distortion,” local authorities said. 

All this created a “pessimistic mentality and thoughts about retaliating against society”, they said. 

Monday’s violent attack is one out of many to take place in China over the past few years. 

Most of the attacks usually involvknives. 

In October last year, a knife-wielding woman injured not less than 14 children at a kindergarten in the central city of Chongqing. 

In April 2018, 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. 

The killer, said he had been bullied when he attended the school in northern China’s Shaanxi province,  

He was however executed in September that same year. 

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