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Knife attack at Chinese school wounds 22 children

By CNN Staff
December 14, 2012 -- Updated 1435 GMT (2235 HKT)
Wei Jingru, a primary school student injured in a knife attack, receives medical treatment in a hospital.
Wei Jingru, a primary school student injured in a knife attack, receives medical treatment in a hospital.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Several of the children are in a critical state, state media report
  • The attack took place Friday morning at a primary school in Henan province
  • Police say they have detained a 36-year-old local resident
  • China was hit by a spate of knife and cleaver attacks on school children in 2010

Beijing (CNN) -- Twenty-two primary school children were wounded in a knife attack Friday in central China, authorities said.

The attack took place at the entrance to the Chenpeng Village Primary School in Henan province, according to the public information department of Guangshan county, the area where the school is located. An adult was also wounded, it said.

Several of the children are in critical condition, the state-run website Chinanews.com said, citing local authorities.

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Police say they have detained a suspect, a 36-year-old man from the village, state media reported.

Initial assessments suggest the man is mentally ill, Chinanews.com said, citing Guangshan authorities.

China was hit by a spate of knife and cleaver attacks that targeted school children in 2010.

A number of measures were introduced at the time, including increased security at schools across the country and a regulation requiring people to register with their national ID cards when buying large knives.

CNN's Shao Tian in Beijing and journalist Pan Xinlei in Hong Kong contributed to this report.

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