A 48-year-old man armed with a kitchen knife killed seven children and two adults at this kindergarten in northwest China before returning home and committing suicide.
Around 18 other children were injured in the attack, many of whom had to be hospitalised.
It’s the latest in a spate of savage attacks in schools in the past two months.
“In fact, this is becoming a copy cat phenomenon. It
shows that some disadvantaged groups are also being marginalised, and they may turn into violent groups over time,” said Hu Xingdou, Professor of Economics and China Issues at Beijing’s Institute of Technology. “This will further affect China’s social stability in the future.”
The Chinese government has already ordered school security to be beefed up in response to the wave of killings.
Beijing says media reports of previous incidents could have inspired copycat crimes.