17 injured in knife attack at south China primary school   2010-04-28 16:42:42 FeedbackPrintRSS

GUANGZHOU, April 28 (Xinhua) -- A teacher, suffering mental disorders, injured 16 pupils and one teacher with a knife at a primary school in south China's Guangdong Province Wednesday afternoon.

Chen Kangbing, 33, barged into Leicheng First Primary School in Leizhou City and started attacking at around 3 p.m. before police seized him. He is from a different school.

The victims, who suffered wounds to their heads, backs and arms, were rushed to Leizhou People's Hospital. Nine of them were discharged Wednesday night. All the injured are in a stable condition, said Chen Riwen, a spokesman for the provincial education department.

The 16 students were forth or fifth graders and the injured art teacher is male.

Initial investigations showed that Chen Kangbing is a teacher at Hongguan Primary School in the city's town of Baisha. Suffering from mental disorders, he had been on sick leave since February 2006, Chen Riwen said.

The attacker's mental state when committing the crime remains unclear, he said.

After the rampage, teachers of the primary school surrounded Chen to keep him from fleeing or hurting more people before the police came, witnesses say.

The police are investigating the case.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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