China: Man wounds 20 primary school children in Beijing attack

Police at the hospital where the injured children were treated

The statement said three of the children, who were all taken to hospital, had serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

However, all the children are receiving hospital treatment and an investigation has been launched.

His contract was scheduled to end later this month, and although the school was discussing another job posting for Jia, he used a hammer and attacked students to "vent his resentment", Xicheng district mayor Wang Shaofeng said at a press conference late Tuesday.

Surnamed Jia, the 49-year-old assailant was a contractor hired by the school for daily maintenance work.

Authorities did not say what weapon, if any, was used.

Parents waited outside for their children as the school day ended.

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

A relative escorts a child from an elementary school where an attack took place in Beijing.

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.

Outside the school gates Tuesday afternoon, parents who were there to pick up their kids said they had received little information about the attack.

The school, founded in 1908, has 2,537 students and 199 teaching personnel, according to its website.

Five children were killed in November when a vehicle ploughed into a crowd outside a school in Huludao in Liaoning province.

Such incidents have forced authorities to increase security around schools and led to calls for more research into the root causes of such acts.

Last April, nine people were killed outside a middle school in north-western China, allegedly by a former student seeking revenge for bullying. In November, five people were killed when a auto plowed into a crowd of children outside a northeastern Chinese kindergarten.

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