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Attacker wounds 20 children at Beijing school

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A man has attacked children at a Beijing primary school, injuring 20, three of them seriously, the local government says.

A man has been arrested after attacking students at a primary school in Beijing, according to a district government, in a rare act of violence against children in the Chinese capital.

Twenty children were wounded on Tuesday and were taken to hospital, the Xicheng district government said in a post on its social media account.

Three of them suffered heavy injuries but their condition was stable, it said.

The Xicheng government did not give other details of the attack, but posts on social media said the children suffered knife wounds to the head.

Children leave the school after the incident.
Children leave the school after the incident.
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About six police cars were parked outside a hospital near the school, according to a Reuters witness.

Police declined to comment by telephone when asked about the attack.

Violent crime is rare in China but there has been a series of knife and axe attacks in recent years, many targeting children.

In January 2017, a man in southern China stabbed 12 children with a vegetable knife to extract revenge for his life not going as he wanted and a dispute with a neighbour.

The man was executed this month.

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