Min Yingjun Injures 22 Schoolchildren During Chengping, China Stabbing Spree
A knife-wielding attacker went on a stabbing spree outside an elementary school in a village in Henan province, China on Friday, wounding 22 schoolchildren and an elderly woman before being captured by police.
CBC reports that 36-year-old Min Yingjun went on the stabbing rampage outside the school in the village of Chengpin just as the young students were arriving at the school around 8 a.m.
A Guangshan county hospital administrator said the man first attacked an elderly woman before turning his rage on the children, stabbing and slashing his way through the terrified students before being tackled by security guards. Security presence is commonplace in China as a result of a wave of stabbing attacks that have swept the nation in recent years.
There were no reported fatalities as a result of Min’s attack, although two children were reportedly transported to a better-equipped hospital outside the county.
The attack came on the same day as a gunman identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in the United States, killing 27 people, including his mother and 18 children.