Two children were killed and 16 other people were injured after a man carried out a knife attack at a kindergarten in southern China on Wednesday.
The victims included 16 children, including the two that died, and two teachers. Police said a suspect was in custody, Chinese media reported. A man with the last name of Zeng, 24, began the attack around 2 p.m. at the private Jianle kindergarten in Xinfeng, a town of 50,000 in Beiliu City in the southern province of Guangxi. Both teachers and students appeared to have been targeted during nap time, according to local media reports. There were at least 18 victims in the attack, with all but two being students, according to local reports. Two other victims were undergoing operations as a result of their injuries. Videos posted to Chinese social media sites showed graphic footage of bloodied children crying, with some lying unresponsive on the floor of a covered playground. Videos also showed a man, presumably Zeng, being forcibly detained by police.
Authorities did not immediately confirm a motive for the attack but Chinese media report the suspect was going through a divorce and his wife worked at the school. The incident was under investigation. Knife attacks are not uncommon in China, which heavily restricts access to firearms.